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(A) If within ten business days of impoundment a motor vehicle has not been claimed, or a hearing has not been requested, notice shall be mailed by certified mail to the registered owner, if known, and lienholders of record, if any, affording such parties the right within ten days from the date of notice to claim the vehicle or request a hearing. The notice shall state that, if no hearing is requested, the vehicle shall be deemed abandoned unless the charges thereon are paid within 45 days of receipt of the notice.
(B) After 45 days from the date of notice required by division (A) above, an impounded vehicle shall be deemed abandoned and the vehicle shall escheat to and become the property of the city or become the property of the city’s designee.
(C) (1) If the vehicle that has escheated to the city pursuant to division (B) above is judged suitable for use, the city may obtain a certificate of registration and ownership from the County Clerk pursuant to KRS 186.020 and either use the vehicle for governmental purposes or sell the vehicle at public auction to the highest bidder.
(2) If the vehicle is not suitable for use, it may be sold for its scrap or junk value.
(D) (1) The city shall possess a lien on a motor vehicle impounded pursuant to the provisions hereof for all fines, penalties and towing, handling and storage charges and fees imposed thereon.
(2) Such lien shall be superior to and have priority over all other liens thereon.
(1984 Code, § 75.80) (Ord. O-16-05, passed 3-8-2005; Ord. O-42-10, passed 12-7-2010; Ord. O-12-13, passed 3-26-2013; Ord. O-08-16, passed 5-3-2016)
Related provisions, see KRS 82.600 through 82.640