City of Glenwood City, WI
St. Croix County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Glenwood City 12-1-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-02 as Title 3, Ch. 4, of the 2003 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A. 
Definition.
(1) 
Surplus City property is that property which is owned by the City of Glenwood City and which has no further usefulness to the City. An item of property shall be considered to have no further usefulness when:
(a) 
The item or its function has been totally replaced by other City property and no probable future function exists for it;
(b) 
The City no longer performs the service for which the item was purchased and no other service can reasonably be provided by the item; or
(c) 
The item is no longer able to reliably or economically perform the work required of it.
(2) 
Surplus property as defined in this section shall not include land or buildings but shall include fixtures and such salvage as may be taken from a building without structural damage when such fixtures and salvage are not part of a demolition contract. Surplus City property shall not include:
(a) 
Property which is obtained by the City as a result of abandonment or loss by the property's original owner.
(b) 
Items of property which are traded in for newer items.
(c) 
Library materials used by the public library for lending purposes.
B. 
Determination of surplus City property. Whenever an item of City property is determined to be surplus City property on the basis that the City no longer performs the service for which the item was purchased, the Common Council shall determine whether or not the item is surplus City property.
C. 
Disposition of surplus City property.
(1) 
Whenever the Common Council determines that an item of property is surplus City property, it shall dispose of such property as it determines by:
(a) 
Donation to a nonprofit organization within the City or to a governmental agency;
(b) 
Public auction; or
(c) 
Sale by sealed bid.
(2) 
In the event of a public auction or sale by sealed bid, the item will be sold in "as is" condition to the person submitting the highest bid; provided, however, that a lower bid submitted by a nonprofit organization or governmental agency may be accepted by the Common Council. In the event no bids are received, the item shall be disposed of as directed by the Common Council.
(3) 
No public auction or awarding of bids shall occur under this section unless a description of the item to be sold and an advance notice of the time and place for such auction or bid submission is first published as a Class 2 notice in the official City newspaper.
D. 
Authority to dispose of property.
(1) 
Except for library property, only the Common Council may dispose of City property which is not surplus City property.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(2) 
Whenever this section provides for an auction or other disposition of any property, the Common Council shall be authorized to hire an auctioneer or take such other action as is necessary to properly dispose of the property; provided, however, that the fees of such auctioneer and all such costs, other than those for City labor and the use of City property, do not exceed the payment received by the City from the auction or sale of the property.
A. 
City custody of lost or abandoned property.
(1) 
Property which appears to be lost or abandoned, discovered by officers or turned in to the Chief of Police by citizens, shall be disposed of according to this section.
(2) 
Lost and abandoned property will be examined by the Chief of Police for identifying marks in an attempt to determine the owner. If identifying marks are present, they shall be used by the Chief of Police to attempt to contact the owner to return the property. If no identifying marks are present, the property shall be taken into custody by the Chief of Police.
(3) 
No City employee shall keep for his or her own use property found in the course of duty, nor take possession of property during off-duty hours when the discovery was made while on duty.
(4) 
The Chief of Police shall permit citizens to claim lost property if they can provide sufficient proof that they are rightful owners.
(5) 
No City employee shall receive any lost, stolen, abandoned or other unclaimed property from the Chief of Police.
B. 
Disposal procedures.
(1) 
Classes of property. All property which has been abandoned, lost or remained unclaimed for a period of 30 days after the taking of possession of the same by the City shall be disposed of as follows, except that if the property is usable for City operations, the property need not be sold at auction but may become the property of the City:
(a) 
Vehicles. Vehicles shall be disposed of as set forth in the applicable provisions of Chapter 390, Vehicles, Abandoned, of this Code.
(b) 
Intoxicating liquor and fermented malt beverages. Intoxicating liquor and fermented malt beverages shall be destroyed.
(c) 
Firearms, ammunition and explosives. Firearms or ammunition shall be returned to their rightful owner, destroyed, or transferred to the State Crime Laboratory, the Division of Law Enforcement Services of the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of the United States Department of Justice. Any explosive, flammable, or other material proving a danger to life or property may be disposed of immediately upon taking possession thereof. The Chief of Police and the Fire Chief, after consulting with the County Sheriff's Department, are hereby authorized to determine the disposal procedure; provided, however, that any such procedure will attempt to return to its rightful owner any such material which appears to have been stolen.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(d) 
Other property shall be destroyed or sold at public auction. Perishable property which deteriorates shall be destroyed.
(e) 
Other property with a fair market value of over $100. An item of property with a fair market value of more than $100 shall be sold at public auction or by sealed bid.
(f) 
Illegal property. Property which cannot be legally possessed shall be destroyed.
(2) 
Disposal by auction or sealed bid.
(a) 
Whenever any property under this section is sold by public auction or sale or by sealed bid, such auction or the awarding of bids shall be preceded by a Class 2 notice describing the property and arranging the time and place for the auction or bid submission; such notice shall be published in the official City newspaper. The property auctioned or sold by sealed bid shall be sold in "as is" condition to the highest bidder. No sale or auction shall occur until the Chief of Police has determined that the property has no value to any probable investigation or legal proceeding. The Common Council or its designee shall determine the time in which the successful bidder shall remove the property. In the event the property is not removed within that time, the property shall revert to the City and the amount of the bid shall be forfeited to the City.
(b) 
Any member of the Common Council or designee selling property under this section shall maintain for two years an inventory of any property not disposed of by auction or sale by sealed bid and shall include a record of the date and method of disposal, any payment received for the property, and the name and address of the person acquiring the property.
(3) 
Lost property. Property which is found by persons and delivered to the Chief of Police for the purpose of locating the former owner shall not be considered abandoned or unclaimed under this section until 30 days after mailing to the person finding the property a notice that he may claim ownership of said property. The Chief of Police shall determine what portion, if any, of the property or its value shall be given the finder. This provision shall not apply to any City employee finding property in the regular course of his employment.
(4) 
Payment to City treasury. All sums received from the sale of property under this section shall be paid to the City treasury.