Sec. 10-28. Impoundment of abandoned or unregistered bicycles and mopeds.
(a) Any moped found without a number plate or tag issued pursuant to section 10-17 of this chapter and unattended shall be deemed abandoned. If a reasonable attempt to locate the owner or user in the immediate vicinity of the moped fails to produce such owner or user, any moped so abandoned shall be taken into custody and impounded by the chief of police or any officer of the police department.
(b) Any unattended bicycle found under such times and circumstances that indicate it has been lost or stolen shall be deemed abandoned. If a reasonable attempt to locate the owner or user in the immediate vicinity of the bicycle fails to produce the owner or user, any bicycle so abandoned shall be taken into custody and impounded by the chief or police or any officer of the police department.
(c) No abandoned bicycle or moped shall be released or removed from impoundment except upon satisfactory showing of ownership and in the case of mopeds, display of a city registration certificate and proper display of a tag or number plate by the owner or an agent of the owner.
(d) If an abandoned bicycle or moped is not reclaimed, within thirty (30) days from the date of impounding, the chief of police or his agent shall provide for the public sale or donation to a charitable organization of such bicycle or moped.
(e) Any bicycle or moped found and delivered to the police department by a private person which thereafter remains unclaimed for thirty (30) days after the final date of publication as required herein may be given to the finder; however, the location and description of the bicycle or moped shall be published at least once a week for two successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the city. In addition, if there is a license tag affixed to the bicycle or moped, the record owner shall be notified directly. (Ord. No. O-99-225, 10-12-99, eff. 1-1-00; Ord. No. O-00-008, 01-11-00, eff. 01-01-00)
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