Beacon Journal staff writer
Two more gaming parlors have been licensed to operate in Summit County.
Stay & Play and Massillon Road Internet Connection, both in Springfield Township, were given a one-year license this week, said Cynthia Sich, county director of consumer affairs.
The businesses were licensed under a new county effort that regulates Internet cafes, sweepstakes parlors and skill arcades where people go to play games and try to win money.
Eleven businesses all in Springfield and Coventry townships now are licensed by the county.
Sich said she didn't expect any more applications. Her office oversees the application process and regulations. It also hears complaints from the public about the businesses.
Under the county law, which covers only townships, the businesses are required to pay $1,000 a year for a license and $200 per machine every six months. The law also covers other issues, such as hours of operation.
County Council approved the law after complaints about too many Internet cafes and sweepstakes parlors opening in Springfield and Coventry. Unlike cities and villages, townships have no regulatory authority.
Bill Holland, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, which covers Coventry, said he was unaware of any unlicensed businesses still operating. Springfield authorities couldn't be reached for comment.