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Feb 01

Abandoned Vehicle on Public Property Process

Posted on February 1, 2023 at 2:29 PM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  What is legally required of city officials/ police officers when reporting an abandoned vehicle on public property? Where does the notice have to be placed and does it need to be clearly visible?



A.  All of this is governed by W.S. 31-13-104, specifically subsections c and f below. The City of Laramie Police Department uses the neon green stickers, which are normally affixed to the driver side window. On other vehicles, such as trailers, we may have to get creative, however, per statute it must be in a “prominent” position.


(c) Any police officer who has reasonable grounds to believe that a vehicle has been abandoned may remove the vehicle, or cause it to be removed, at the expense of the owner to a place of impoundment designated by the county commissioners of the county in which the vehicle is impounded. Removal of an abandoned vehicle from private property by a police officer shall be upon the written request, upon a form prescribed by the department, of the owner or person in lawful possession or control of the property. The police department having jurisdiction shall immediately send a written report of the removal by a police officer to the sheriff of the county in which the vehicle is impounded, which report shall include a description of the vehicle, the date, time and place of removal, the grounds for removal, and place of impoundment of the vehicle. The sheriff of the county in which the vehicle is impounded shall submit the report provided by the police department to the department with a determination of the fair market value of the vehicle as required in this subsection. Upon receipt of a report as provided, the department shall provide written notification to the vehicle owner of record and to lienholders of record, stating the grounds for removal by a police officer and the name of the place of impoundment of the vehicle. Notice shall not be required if the fair market value of an abandoned vehicle removed by a police officer is less than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) as determined by the sheriff of the county in which the vehicle is impounded. As to vehicles not registered in this state, the department shall make a reasonable effort to notify the owner or any lienholder of removal by a police officer and the place of impoundment of the vehicle. The department shall forward a copy of the notice to the owner or person in charge of the place of impoundment of a vehicle removed by a police officer. As used in this subsection, “abandoned vehicle” means as defined in W.S. 31-13-101(a)(x)(A) and (B).


(f) A notice of intent to impound an abandoned vehicle by a police officer shall be placed in a prominent position on a vehicle when a police officer reasonably believes it is abandoned. The notice of intent shall remain on the vehicle at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to removal if abandoned on a highway and five (5) days if abandoned on public or private property and impounded by a police officer.


Oct 26

Landfill - Recycling

Posted on October 26, 2022 at 10:38 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  Unsure if this is accurate, but I've had 2 people tell me that the city is presently taking the recycling, baling it, and putting it in the landfill. Is this true, and if so how can I discontinue my recycling charge? If unable to, is there a precedent or legal venue other than future litigation that allows the city to charge for a service they are not providing (outside of Laramie allowing themselves by self-legislation)? Can I just put trash in both bins so only one truck is needed weekly?


A.  The City of Laramie collects single stream recycling and drops it off at our Recycling Center.  The recycling is baled for shipping efficiency and transported to a materials recovery facility (MRF) in Denver, CO.  Keep in mind that our Recycling Center is a drop off facility and we don’t sort any of the single stream materials.  In 2021 we collected and shipped out 2.8 million pounds of single stream recycling, keeping it out of the landfill.  When our recycling gets to the Denver MRF, the bales are broken apart and combined with recycling from numerous Colorado communities.  These mixed recyclables are sorted, baled and then shipped out for further processing to eventually be made into new products.  Unfortunately, as with other communities we do have some contamination in the recycling program.  Contamination occurs whenever someone bags their recycling (recycling needs to be loose for sorting), puts the wrong materials in the cart or intentionally uses their recycling cart as a trash can.  In our recycling center if we see large amounts of contamination we remove and dispose of it.  Any contamination we miss is separated out in Denver and disposed of in their landfill, incurring extra charges to us.  The vast majority of our recycling is recycled and is NOT landfilled.  The process of proper recycling starts at home to avoid the landfill.  The best way to find out what items can be recycled is to download our free app, “Laramie Waste & Recycling” or visit our website:   Both options have a “Goes Where?” tool where you can look up hundreds of different items.

Oct 05

Motor Vehicle Concerns

Posted on October 5, 2022 at 4:23 PM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  Is motor vehicle use of the pedestrian path between north 15th and 30th legal? Is acsd operating an ohv park on their property at north 15th? Do any of the motor vehicle crossings of the pedestrian path meet mutcd? All rhetorical. Will the city please start patrolling, enforcing and citing to keep kids on pedestrian only path safe?

A.  It is our understanding that there are currently contractor vehicles parked along the pedestrian path to install water lines. However, this property belongs to the University of Wyoming and they would be your best point of contact to relay any concerns. Since this is a university issue, the City will not be responding on their behalf. In regard to the school property on North 15th, the school district has voiced concerns to the City in the past regarding this very same issue and the police department responded by more actively patrolling the area. If you see subjects trespassing on the property, please call our dispatch center at 721-2526 and an officer will be dispatched to the area.