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A. Issuing Notice; Contents: An abandoned motor vehicle may be sold as provided for in this chapter, only after written notice is given to the last known registered owner of the vehicle, and to all lienholders of record. Notice shall be by personal service, unless personal service is not possible, in which case it shall be by certified mail. Mailed notice shall be deemed given when mailed. The notice shall describe the year, model, and serial number of the motor vehicle, set forth the location of the facility where it is being held, and inform the owner and any lienholders of their right to reclaim the motor vehicle within fourteen (14) days after the effective date of the notice upon payment of all towing, preservation, and storage charges resulting from placing the motor vehicle in custody. The notice shall also state that the failure of the owner or lienholders to exercise their right to reclaim the motor vehicle within the time provided shall be deemed a waiver by the owner and all lienholders of all right, title, claim and interest in the motor vehicle and that such failure to reclaim is deemed consent to the sale of the motor vehicle at a public auction or disposal of the motor vehicle to a demolisher. If the owner and lienholders do not exercise their right, they shall have no further right, title, claim, or interest in or to such motor vehicle, as provided by law.
B. Unknown Owner; Publication Of Notice: If the identity of the last registered owner of an abandoned vehicle cannot be determined, or if the registration contains no address for the owner, or if it is impossible to determine with reasonable certainty the identity and addresses of all lienholders, notice by publication in one newspaper of general circulation in the city shall be made by the mayor or other peace officer designated by the city council, and multiple listings may be included in said notice if they are subject to the same time limits, and the same information as prescribed for mailed notice shall be included.
C. Extension Of Time Limit: The owner or any lienholder may, by written request delivered to the mayor or other peace officer designated by the city council, prior to the expiration of the fourteen (14) day reclaiming period, obtain an additional fourteen (14) days within which the motor vehicle may be reclaimed. (Ord. 83-71, 2-10-1983)