2021 Code of Alabama
Title 41 - State Government.
Chapter 6 - Department of Archives and History.
Article 4 - Transfer, Removal, Disposal, etc., of Historical Materials.
Section 41-6-75 - Conservation Measures to Property; Disposal of Property.

Universal Citation: AL Code § 41-6-75 (2021)

Section 41-6-75

Conservation measures to property; disposal of property.

(a) The department may apply conservation measures to or dispose of undocumented property if immediate action is required to protect the property or other property in the custody of the department, or if the property is a hazard to the health and safety of the public or the department staff.

(b) Unless there is a written stipulation in the loan agreement to the contrary, the department may apply conservation measures to or dispose of property on loan to the department without the owner's permission or formal notice if immediate action is required to protect the property on loan or other property in the custody of the department, or if the property on loan is a hazard to the health and safety of the public or the department staff and if any of the following apply:

(1) The department is unable to reach the owner at the owner's last known address or phone number if action is to be taken within more than three days but less than one week from the time the department determined action was necessary.

(2) The department is unable to reach the owner at the owner's last known phone number prior to taking action if the action is to be taken within three days or less from the time the department determined action was necessary.

(3) The owner does not respond or will not agree to the protective measures the department recommends, yet is unwilling or unable to terminate the loan and retrieve the property.

(c) If the department applies conservation measures to or disposes of property under this section, or with the agreement of the owner, unless the agreement provides otherwise, the department:

(1) Has lien on the property and on the proceeds of any disposition of the property for the costs incurred by the department.

(2) Is not liable for injury to or loss of the property if the department:

a. Had a reasonable belief at the time the action was taken that the action was necessary to protect the property on loan or other property in the custody of the department, or that the property on loan was a hazard to the health and safety of the public or the department staff.

b. Exercised reasonable care in the choice and application of conservation measures.

(Acts 1992, 2nd Ex. Sess., No. 92-719, p. 220, §7.)

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