[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Bath 7-7-1980. Amendments noted where applicable.]
All lost property in the possession of any Village personnel shall be placed in the custody of the Police Department, to be held and disposed of in accordance with the General Municipal Law and Personal Property Law of the State of New York.
All lost and unclaimed property in the possession of the Police Department shall be held for a period of time to comply with the requirements of the General Municipal Law.
All lost and unclaimed property in the possession of the Department shall be tagged showing the date and circumstances of its acquisition by the Department.
If, during the time lost and unclaimed property is in the possession of the Police Department, the owner of the property appears and proves his ownership, the Department shall restore the property to him. The Department may require that the reclaiming owner pay to the Department the reasonable costs of storage and care of the property and the costs of publication incurred by reason of compliance with the applicable laws and regulations.
Personal property which has been held by the Department and which has not been returned to the rightful owner shall be subject to and may be transferred to the finder thereof, in accordance with the General Municipal Law.
After the expiration of the applicable retention period, all lost and unclaimed property remaining in the custody of the Police Department shall be sold at public auction to the highest bidder.
All proceeds from the sale at public auction of lost or unclaimed property shall be deposited in the general fund of the Village.
After the expiration of the applicable retention period, all lost and unclaimed property which is deemed to be of limited or no value or which is a thing which is commonly not the subject of sale may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of by the Village. All unclaimed property remaining unsold after being offered for sale at public auction may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of by the Village.
No Village officer or employee may claim property as a finder or purchase lost or unclaimed property sold in accordance with this chapter.