Village of Trempealeau, WI
Trempealeau County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Trempealeau 12-2-1987 as Title 3, Ch. 5, of the 1987 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 465.
A. 
Definitions. As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
(1) 
That property which is owned by the Village of Trempealeau and which has no further usefulness to the Village. 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 Village property and no probable future function exists for it;
(b) 
The Village 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 chapter 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 Village property shall not include property which is obtained by the Village as a result of abandonment or loss by the property's original owner. Surplus Village property shall not include items of property which are traded in for newer items. Surplus Village property shall not include library materials used by the public library for lending purposes.
B. 
Determination of surplus Village property.
(1) 
Whenever an item of Village property is determined to be surplus Village property on the basis that the Village no longer performs the service for which the item was purchased, the Village Board shall determine whether or not the item is surplus Village property.
(2) 
Whenever the fair market value of the item is more than $5,000, the Village Board shall determine whether or not the item is surplus Village property.
C. 
Disposition of surplus Village property.
(1) 
Whenever the Village Board determines that an item of property is surplus Village property, it shall dispose of such property as it determines.
(2) 
Whenever the fair market value of an item is more than $5,000 and the Village Board has determined, pursuant to the previous subsection, that the item is surplus Village property, the department head responsible for the items shall dispose of the property by:[1]
(a) 
Donation to a nonprofit organization within the Village or to a governmental agency;
(b) 
Public auction; or
(c) 
Sale by sealed bid.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(3) 
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 Village Board. The department head responsible for the item shall determine the time in which the successful bidder must remove the item. In the event the item is not removed within that time, the item shall revert to the Village and the amount of the bid shall be forfeited to the Village. In the event no bids are received, the item shall be disposed of as directed by the Village Board.
(4) 
No public auction or awarding of bids shall occur under this chapter 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 Village newspaper.
(5) 
Whenever the fair market value of an item is $5,000 or less and the Village Board has determined, pursuant to the previous subsection, that it is surplus Village property, the item shall be either disposed of as set forth in Subsection C(2) above or destroyed.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
D. 
Determination of fair market values. Whenever this chapter requires a determination of the fair market value of an item of property, that determination shall be made by the department head responsible for the property, whose decision shall be final.
E. 
Authority to dispose of property.
(1) 
Except for library materials used by the public library for lending purposes, only the Village Board may dispose of Village property which is not surplus Village property.
(2) 
Whenever this section provides for an auction or other disposition of any property, the Village Board 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 Village labor and the use of Village property, do not exceed the payment received by the Village from the auction or sale of the property.
A. 
Village custody of lost or abandoned property.
(1) 
Property which appears to be lost or abandoned, discovered by officers or turned in to the Village police officer by citizens shall be disposed of according to this section.
(2) 
Lost and abandoned property will be examined by the Village police officer for identifying marks in an attempt to determine the owner. If identifying marks are present, they shall be used by the Village police officer 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 Village police officer.
(3) 
No Village 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 Village police officer shall permit citizens to claim lost property if they can provide sufficient proof that they are rightful owners.
(5) 
No Village employee shall receive any lost, stolen, abandoned or other unclaimed property from the Village police officer, unless that person receives a written receipt signed by the Village police officer, a copy of which shall remain with the Clerk-Treasurer.
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 Village shall be disposed of as follows, except that if the property is usable for Village operations, the property need not be sold at auction, but may become the property of the Village.
(a) 
Vehicles. Vehicles shall be disposed of as set forth in the applicable provisions of Chapter 465, Abandoned Vehicles, 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 Village Police Officer 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 with a fair market value of $100 or less. An item of property with a fair market value of $100 or less shall be destroyed or sold at public auction. Perishable property which deteriorates to a fair market value of less than $100 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 Village 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 Village Police Officer has determined that the property has no value to any probable investigation or legal proceeding. The department head responsible for the property 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 Village and the amount of the bid be forfeited to the Village.
(b) 
Any Village official 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 Village Police Officer 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 Village Police Officer shall determine what portion, if any, of the property or its value shall be given the finder. This provision shall not apply to any Village employee finding property in the regular course of his employment.
(4) 
Payment to Village Treasury. All sums received from the sale of property under this section shall be paid to the Village Treasury.