The Police Department has approximately 44 unclaimed bicycles in varying degrees of repair. The bicycles have been held in storage in excess of 90 days without the owners being located. The City has been contacted by a non-profit agency inquiring about receiving donation of these bikes. In October 2017, the City Council adopted a resolution amending the previous policy for donation of surplus property to include unclaimed, lost, or confiscated property which has been retained by the Police Department for over 90 days. This shall include, but is not limited to unclaimed bicycles and other non-evidentiary items. With that current policy in effect, staff is able to donate surplus property upon approval by the City Council.
Staff has received a completed application from a qualified 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization requesting donation of the bicycles (Bikes4Kids). As per the policy, staff will notice on the City's website, the unclaimed surplus property, for a period of 30 days. If more than one request is received, staff will determine the which organization(s) will receive the bicycles. To make a request receive this surplus property, Non-Profit Organizations should email Ben Rossum.