Chapter 3.55
DISPOSAL OF SURPLUS PROPERTY

Sections:

3.55.010    Authority to sell.

3.55.020    Public hearing.

3.55.030    Minimum price.

3.55.040    Method of sale.

3.55.050    Call for bids – Notice.

3.55.060    Opening bids – Rejection.

3.55.070    Execution of instruments of conveyance.

3.55.080    City councilmembers barred from purchasing property.

3.55.010 Authority to sell.

A. Whenever it shall appear to the city council that it is in the best interests of the City that any property, whether real, personal or mixed, belonging to the City, should be sold, the city council may declare such property surplus and authorize its sale.

B. The city manager, or designee, is hereby authorized to declare surplus, and to sell by any method authorized under this chapter, City property the value of which the city manager, or designee, determines to be $250.00 or less. The city manager, or designee, is also authorized to transfer such property to a public school district, a not-for-profit community service agency, a public community service agency, or any other entity that will use that property to benefit the public welfare within the City of Kenmore. [Ord. 01-0121 § 1.]

3.55.020 Public hearing.

Prior to any sale or transfer authorized under KMC 3.55.010, the city council shall hold a public hearing on the sale or transfer if:

A. The property to be declared surplus was originally acquired for public utility purposes; or

B. The property is to be surplussed by means of an intergovernmental transfer of property. [Ord. 01-0121 § 2.]

3.55.030 Minimum price.

Except for property surplussed under KMC 3.55.010(B), the city council shall set a minimum price at which all surplus property may be sold. In setting the minimum price, the city council may first require an appraisal be made. [Ord. 01-0121 § 3.]

3.55.040 Method of sale.

Property declared surplus under this chapter may be sold upon competitive bids, on a negotiated basis, auctioned or exchanged for goods and services, as the council may direct. If the council does not direct a method of sale, or the city manager, or designee, declares the property surplus under KMC 3.55.010(B), the city manager, or designee, shall determine the method of sale. [Ord. 01-0121 § 4.]

3.55.050 Call for bids – Notice.

If the property is to be sold upon competitive bids, the city clerk shall give notice that the City will invite bids for purchase of the property by one publication thereof in the City’s official newspaper, posting at City Hall, and/or such other means as the council may direct, if any. The notice shall be posted and published at least 10 days before the date the bids are to be opened. [Ord. 01-0121 § 5.]

3.55.060 Opening bids – Rejection.

The bids shall be opened in public at the time and place stated in the notice. The city council, or the city manager, or designee, for property sold under KMC 3.55.010(B), may reject any or all bids, or the bid for any one or more of the parcels or item of property, real or personal, included in the aforesaid call for bids. [Ord. 01-0121 § 6.]

3.55.070 Execution of instruments of conveyance.

Upon the council’s acceptance of an offer to purchase property surplussed under KMC 3.55.010(A) or upon the city manager’s, or designee, acceptance of an offer to purchase property surplussed under KMC 3.55.010(B), the city manager, or designee, is hereby authorized to cause the necessary instruments for conveyance of the property to be prepared and to execute such instruments. [Ord. 01-0121 § 7.]

3.55.080 City councilmembers barred from purchasing property.

Members of the city council may not purchase property from the City, regardless of the value. City employees may purchase City property; provided, employees shall not be given preferential treatment in the terms or conditions of the sale. [Ord. 01-0121 § 8.]