Village of Shorewood, WI
Milwaukee County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Shorewood as Ch. 13, Art. 9 and § 13-1703 of the 1986 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A. 
Any finder of lost personal property, including money, may deposit said property with the Village Police Department. The finder shall indicate, on a form prepared by the Village, the time and location of the finding of said property and any other facts or circumstances pertinent thereto.
B. 
If said property remains unclaimed for a period of six months, the property may be released to the finder upon the finder signing a receipt, on a form prepared by the Village, holding the Village harmless from any claim or demand by the true owner. It shall be the responsibility of the finder to claim property within specified time limits without notification by the Village. This subsection shall not be applicable to Village employees.
C. 
Any property found and deposited with the Village pursuant to this section and not claimed for a period of six months may be disposed of by the Village under the procedures set forth in § 421-3 of this chapter.
[Amended 5-3-1999 by Ord. No. 1784]
Any personal property which has been abandoned for more than 30 days may be disposed of by the Village under the procedures set forth in § 421-3 of this chapter.
Any personal property which may be disposed of pursuant to §§ 421-1 and 421-2 of this chapter may be disposed of by the Village by any of the following methods:
A. 
Public sale (auction, set price or negotiated price), where notice has been given to the public by posting in three places a minimum of 10 days prior to the sale.
[Amended 8-2-1993 by Ord. No. 1666]
B. 
Private sale (restricted to equipment or other items with a narrow market and limited appeal to the general public, said items to be sold only under the direction of the Village Manager or his designee after first providing a list of said equipment or other items to the Village Board). The Village shall maintain an inventory of such property, the date and method of disposal, the consideration received and the name and address of the buyer.
C. 
Donation to charity (upon approval by the Village Board).
D. 
Use by the Village (upon approval by the Village Board).
E. 
Destruction.
(1) 
If the property is valued under $250, it may be disposed of summarily.
(2) 
If the property has a value of $250 or more, it may be disposed of upon approval by the Village Board.
F. 
The Chief of Police or his designee, as to property held by the Police Department, and the Village Manager or his designee as to any property held by any other Village Department, shall make a recommendation as to which method would be in the best interests of the Village as to any particular item.
[Amended 8-2-1993 by Ord. No. 1666]
This chapter shall have no applicability to firearms and ammunition which may be disposed of only pursuant to § 968.20, Wis. Stats., nor to any other property specifically excluded pursuant to applicable federal or state law.
[Amended 5-22-1991 by Ord. No. 1602[1]]
Except where a penalty is otherwise prescribed, the penalty for violation of any provision of this chapter shall be as set forth in § 115-1 of the Village Code.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).