Sec. 17A-1-6. Disposition of property found.

(a) Property received by the police department and not delivered to the true owner or the finder shall be disposed of pursuant to this section within thirty days following the end of the three-month period.
(b) If the police chief, or his or her designee, determines that the property is of a kind that may be sold at auction, the property shall be sold to the highest bidder at an auction open to the public unless appropriated for use by the city.
(c) Any property offered for sale at an auction and not sold, and not suitable for appropriation by the city, shall be deemed to be of no value and shall be disposed of in a manner to be determined by the police chief, or his or her designee; provided, however, that no such items shall be given or sold to officials, officers, or employees of the city or their relatives.
(d) If the police chief, or his or her designee, with the consent of the city manager, determines that the property is needed for a public use, the item may be appropriated by the city. Any items so appropriated shall be delivered to the appropriate city department by the police department.
(e) If the police chief, or his or her designee, determines that the property is not of a kind that may reasonably be sold at auction, the police chief, or his or her designee, shall make all necessary and appropriate arrangements for the destruction of the property.
(f) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, any lost or abandoned property in the possession of the police department that the police chief, or his or her designee, reasonably determines to be dangerous or perishable may be disposed of immediately, without notice, in a manner to be determined by the police chief, or his or her designee. (Ord. No. 1460, § 3 (part).)