It shall be the duty of the health department or the police department to take possession of any article or property abandoned, left or placed on any public or private property, and if the property is believed to have any value, to keep it and make an attempt to find the owner thereof, and to retain any article so taken up by it. It shall be the duty of the departments to maintain a place for the keeping of any article until the article shall be claimed or otherwise disposed of, and the city shall have a lien thereon for the reasonable expenses incurred and value or cost of the time and effort necessary in taking, removing and storing the article and for the value of the storage in keeping thereof and may retain possession until any and all the liens are discharged.
(1992 Code, § 19-55) (Ord. 89-81, passed 11-2-1981)