[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Paramus 9-11-1975 by Ord. No. 75-21. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Home buyers protection — See Ch. 269.
There is hereby created a Consumer Protection Committee of the Borough of Paramus. Said Committee shall consist of seven members appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Council, all of whom shall serve without compensation, and at least one of whom shall be an officer of the Police Department of the Borough of Paramus.
The police member of the Committee shall be appointed for a term expiring December 31, 1975, and thereafter for terms of one year. Two citizen members shall be appointed for terms expiring on December 31, 1975. Two citizen members shall be appointed for terms expiring December 31, 1976. Two citizen members shall be appointed for terms expiring on December 31, 1977. Upon expiration of the term of any citizen member, the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Council, shall appoint a citizen for a term of three years.
Vacancies occurring in the Committee shall be filled by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Council, for the unexpired term only.
A member of the Committee shall be removable for cause by the governing body only upon written charges and after public hearing thereon.
Each member of the Committee shall also serve in the position of Consumer Affairs Local Assistance Officer pursuant to the Consumer Affairs Local Assistance Program of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.
The Committee of Consumer Protection shall organize immediately upon appointment and from its members elect a Chairman and a Secretary and thereafter reorganize on or before January 15 of the next succeeding year.
The governing body may in the annual local municipal budget provide as a line item sufficient funds as may be necessary for the operations of the Committee. No member of the Committee shall be salaried or incur any expense without the prior approval of the Mayor and Council.
The Committee of Consumer Protection shall have the following powers and duties:
To receive and investigate complaints and to initiate its own investigation of deceptive or unfair trade practices against consumers.
To report, in writing, to appropriate federal, state or county agencies any information or findings concerning a violation of consumer protection laws or regulations.
To appear before governmental departments, agencies and commissions to report and to be heard in connection with consumer complaints and findings as to deceptive or unfair trade practices against consumers.
To assist, develop and conduct programs of consumer education and information through public hearings, meetings and publications of materials prepared for distribution to the consumer public of the Borough of Paramus.
To mediate in disputes between consumers and merchants within the Borough of Paramus which may be initiated by either party.
To encourage merchants, realtors, developers and contractors to maintain high standards of honesty, fair trade practices and responsibility in the production, promotion and sale of consumer goods and services.
To provide the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Paramus and the State Division of Consumer Affairs and the County Division of Consumer Affairs with annual written reports with respect to the number of complaints filed, the nature and disposition thereof and any other relevant activities of the Committee undertaken during the prior year. The annual written report shall include recommendations, if any, from the Committee and shall be presented to the Mayor and Council not later than January 31 of the following year.
To prepare and promulgate rules, regulations and forms for the conduct of the activities of the Committee.