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Council tightens game room regulations
by Tim Delaney
Nov 21, 2013 | 53 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Woodsboro City Council chambers at City Hall on the square in Woodsboro.
The Woodsboro City Council chambers at City Hall on the square in Woodsboro.
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WOODSBORO – The Woodsboro City Council approved amending the town’s ordinance regulating amusement and game rooms on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The changes include a new requirement that game rooms be at least 1,500 feet from each other. Currently, game rooms abut each other in some cases, and those game rooms are grandfathered.

In other words, if game room businesses currently are adjacent to each other, they will not be required to adhere to the new law.

However, if a game room closes then wants to reopen, it will have to follow the new requirement.

The new regulations also include a measure requiring game rooms to be at least 500 feet from schools, an increase from the previous requirement of 300 feet.

A visible sign with the name of the business and its address displayed prominently for 911 purposes is now a requirement of every game room.

In addition, when game room machines are being replaced, the owner must peel off the permit sticker and bring it to City Hall for a replacement sticker.

If the sticker is not presented, then a new permit fee of $1,000 will be levied.

Game rooms are now required to close down for town scheduled events, such as Christmas on the Square on Nov. 30.

To even things out, the time the game rooms are closed will be given back to the businesses with the ability to add the same number of hours on other days.

“We will make up the hours we take away from them,” said City Secretary Ruby DeLaGarza.

In other business, the council approved renewing a contract with Refugio County for animal control. The town’s share of the cost, among the county and other municipalities based on population, was $16,619.

Also, the council approved the $4,159 purchase of street signs from Econo Signs.

Also, the council approved the purchase of 25 tons of caliche at $27.50 a ton, totaling $687.50.

The council also approved all its 53 votes to go for Robbie Blaschke as a nominee for the Refugio County Appraisal Board.

In lieu of Toys for Tots, the town of Woodsboro opted to conduct its own toy drive for kids at Christmastime.

Garza said boxes were set up at businesses and City Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

The event is strictly for Woodsboro, no other communities.

“The boxes will be picked up on Dec. 18 so we can wrap and pass out the gifts for kids,” she said.

The toy drive will be an annual event dubbed the Soaring Eagle Christmas.
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