Chapter 2.28
DISPOSITION OF UNCLAIMED PERSONAL PROPERTY

Sections:

2.28.010    Storage of unclaimed property—Redemption.

2.28.020    Sale of property.

2.28.030    Expenses of sale—Disposition of proceeds.

2.28.040    Exemptions.

2.28.010 Storage of unclaimed property—Redemption.

All unclaimed personal property or money in the possession of the public safety department shall be stored in a safe place by the public safety director for at least three months. The public safety director shall restore such property to its legal owner upon proof of such ownership satisfactory to the director and upon payment of all reasonably necessary costs in the care and protection thereof, unless such property is held by the department as evidence in a pending case, in which case it shall be disposed of only upon order of the proper court. (Ord. 96-25 § 1(4), 1996: Ord. 79-8 § 1, 1979)

2.28.020 Sale of property.

At any time after the expiration of the three-month period referred to in Section 2.28.010, the public safety director may publish once in a newspaper distributed in the city, and post in the three places designated by council resolution, a notice of the director’s intention to sell at public auction to the highest bidder, at the time and place therein specified, all such unclaimed personal property; provided, however, that the foregoing provision shall not apply to cash or money which is turned in and is unclaimed for said period. The sale of unclaimed property pursuant to this chapter shall be held not less than five days after the publication of the notice thereof, and each item shall be separately sold at public auction to the highest bidder. Money or cash which is turned in and is unclaimed for said period shall be returned to the person finding and turning in same. (Ord. 96-25 § 1(5), 1996: Ord. 79-8 § 2, 1979)

2.28.030 Expenses of sale—Disposition of proceeds.

The expenses connected with a sale under this chapter shall be a proper charge against the funds of the public safety department and all proceeds received from such sale shall be delivered to the city treasurer for deposit in the general fund. (Ord. 79-8 § 3, 1979)

2.28.040 Exemptions.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to property subject to confiscation under the laws of the state or of the United States of America. (Ord. 79-8 § 4, 1979)