|ARTICLE I.||NAME & SCOPE|
|ARTICLE II.||PURPOSES AND METHODS OF ATTAINMENT|
|ARTICLE V.||VOTING RIGHTS|
|ARTICLE VIII.||BOARD OF DIRECTORS|
|ARTICLE XI.||SCHOLARSHIP FUND|
|ARTICLE XII.||CODE OF ETHICs|
|SECTION 1:||The name of the Association composed of Municipal Code Enforcement Officials and other persons in related fields, is the Bergen-Passaic Municipal Inspectors Association Incorporated. In abbreviated form, it shall be identified as BPMIA.|
|SECTION 2:||The Association shall primarily represent the interests of Municipal Code Enforcement Officials and other persons in related fields in the area covered by the counties of Bergen and Passaic in the State of New Jersey.|
|SECTION 3:||The active management and general supervision of the affairs of the Association, consistent with the expressed wishes of the membership, shall be entrusted to the Board of Directors, hereinafter referred to as the Board.|
|SECTION 4:||No member shall in anyway use the Bergen Passaic Municipal Inspectors Association Inc., in either written or oral form for the purpose of personal advertisement, solicitation, or procurement for business purposes, or to obtain favorable disposition.|
|SECTION 1:||The purposes of the Association shall be as follows:
A) To disseminate information to its membership to enable them to better interpret the Uniform Construction Code of the State of New Jersey and to better perform their services as Municipal Code Enforcement Officials in their respective localities.
B) To inform the Municipal Code Enforcement Officials of new procedures of code enforcement, amendments to the codes, new methods of construction, or the use of new products or materials available to the building industry.
C) To elevate the position of Municipal Code Enforcement Officials to a level commensurate with the responsibilities and obligations placed upon them.
D) To maintain good fellowship and mutual understanding among its members and to foster cooperation between the membership and others directly or indirectly connected with the building industry.
E) To educate the general public in matters of Code Enforcement, regulations and standards for buildings.
F) To raise funds, by conducting raffles and by other means, to be used to support purposes as authorized by NJ Statutes, Title 15A:9-4, New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation Act, which shall include educational, charitable and public-spirited purposes benefiting an indefinite number of persons.
|SECTION 2:||A) No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to its members, Directors, Officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the purpose clause hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of this document, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on: (i) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, corresponding section of any future federal tax code; or (ii) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
B) Upon the dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
|SECTION 1:||General membership meetings of this Association shall be held nine (9) times during the calendar year. The meetings will be on the first Wednesday of February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, and December. In the absence of rules of procedure established by this Board of Directors, Robert’s Rules of Order, latest edition, shall prevail for the conduct of meetings.|
|SECTION 2:||All required notices to be sent to any member may be sent by regular or electronic mail, prepaid, directed to him or her at his or her residence or place of business, and such mailing shall be presumptive evidence of service thereof.|
|SECTION 3:||The organization’s official mailing address shall be the permanent mailing address of the Treasurer.|
|SECTION 1:||Membership is open to municipal code enforcement officials and other persons in related fields in the area covered by Bergen and Passaic counties; however, the selected boundary is not absolute. Membership privileges extend to code enforcement officials who are Active members from outside Bergen and Passaic counties. There shall be a maximum of one active member permitted to serve as an Officer, and one active member permitted to serve as a Director when employed outside Bergen or Passaic County in an official capacity recognized under the Uniform Construction Code of the State of New Jersey.|
|SECTION 2:||Active Members shall include Municipal Code Enforcement Officials, licensed by the State of New Jersey recognized under the Uniform Construction Code who are actively engaged in an official capacity within a governmental department, bureau, or agency engaged in the business of code enforcement, administration, or formulation of laws and ordinances relating to the construction and/or maintenance of buildings and other structures. Members who lose their positions, as Municipal Code Officials shall retain their Active member status, including the right to vote, for a period of two years, unless engaged in a business, which would otherwise classify them as Associate members.|
|SECTION 3:||Associate Members shall include other public officials and former public officials who are not engaged in the enforcement, administration, or formulation of laws or ordinances relating to buildings and structures, and representatives of the building industry, as well as those who are engaged in business of a professional nature related to buildings and structures. An Associate Member shall have no voting rights.|
|SECTION 4:||Life Members shall be restricted to individuals licensed by the State of New Jersey recognized under the Uniform Construction Code, who have held a position of Enforcement Officer in Municipal Building Departments or State Agencies enforcing State building regulations for a period of at least twenty (20) years, and who shall have been active members in good standing of this Association for at least twenty (20) years at the time of retirement or release, and have shown substantial benefit to the Association in the opinion of the Board of Directors. Life Membership shall be conferred after presentation to the membership of the Association by the Board of Directors, and approved by a vote of two thirds (2/3) of the active members present at any regular or special meeting of the Association. Such Life Members shall retain the right and privileges of their previous class of membership, and shall be exempt from the payment of annual dues. Retirement or release as used here shall mean a code enforcement officer who is no longer active on a full time basis in code enforcement.|
|SECTION 5:||Honorary Member shall be a title bestowed upon a person who has rendered outstanding service in the furtherance of the purposes and objectives of this Association, and has been approved after a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members of the Board of Directors present and said member shall be exempt from the payment of annual dues after being so named. An Honorary Member shall have no voting rights.|
|SECTION 6:||Members in good standing shall be any member recognized by this Article IV that meets all of the following criteria:
A: Has dues paid for the current year.
B: Has demonstrated a substantial benefit to the Association.
C: Is not currently under reprimand By the Ethics Committee.
|SECTION 1:||Both Active and Life Members in good standing of the Association shall have the right to vote at a general meeting. Active members no longer working in Code Enforcement may continue as Associate Members, but shall no longer be eligible to vote unless exempted in Article IV, Section 2.|
|SECTION 2:||Only Active Members, whose dues shall have been paid in full by the regular September meeting, and Life Members, shall have the right to vote in the election of Officers and Directors.|
|Section 3:||New members that join the Association at or after the regular September meeting shall not be eligible to vote in the election of Officers or Directors in that year.|
|SECTION 1:||The annual dues for each class of membership shall be as follows:
Active Member $50.00 per year
Associate Member $50.00 per year
|SECTION 2:||Dues shall be payable by the first meeting of each calendar year.|
|Any person who defaults in payment of the full amount due in the time prescribed shall forfeit his rights to the privileges enjoyed by members in good standing of the Association.
The calendar year of the Association shall run from January 1st through December 31st.
|SECTION 1:||The Officers of this Association shall be: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Each shall be an active member in good standing of the Association, hold a Technical License from the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Uniform Construction Code Enforcement Program and have served at least one term on the Board of Directors. A duly appointed Nominating Committee shall submit nominations to the membership. An effort shall be made by the Nominating Committee to select candidates that will give equal representation to the counties that comprise the Association. After hearing any additional nominations from the floor, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors shall conduct the election of new officers. The newly elected officers shall assume their respective duties on January 1st of each year. The officers shall hold rank in descending order as named above. The President and Vice President shall be elected for a term of one (1) year. The President cannot be re-elected for more than two (2) consecutive one (1) year terms. He or she cannot be considered for re-election to said office for a period of three (3) years. The Vice President shall run for re-election to that office only when the President is nominated for a second term. The Secretary shall be elected for a term of one (1) year and the Treasurer shall be elected for a term of two (2) years but can be re-elected for indefinite successive terms. All officers shall hold office until their duly elected successors are installed. Retiring officers are bound by the by-laws to submit all records, data, and pertinent information of the Association to their successors following the election of said successors.|
|SECTION 2:||The President shall be the principal presiding officer of the Association. He or she shall appoint members to committees (including the Nominating and Resolutions Committees), designating the Chairperson of those committees. He or she shall call the time and place of meetings of the Board as may be necessary to transact the business of the Association. He or she shall be the final authority on any matter of detailed business that requires approval, which is not inconsistent with the general policies established by the Board. He or she shall serve as the Chairperson of the Board. He or she shall perform such other duties as may be required of him or her by the Association, by the Board or by these by-laws.|
|SECTION 3:||The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President during the latter’s absence, disability, or when otherwise called upon by the President. He or she shall keep himself or herself fully informed of the business of the Association at all times so that he or she will be able to assume the duties of President with little or no advance notice. He or she shall perform such other duties as may be required of him or her by the Association, the President, or by these by-laws. He or she shall be responsible for listing and knowing the location of the organization’s property.|
|SECTION 4:||The Secretary of the Association shall prepare the minutes and records of all meetings of the Association, including meetings of the Board. He or she shall prepare all correspondence of the Association as may be directed. He or she shall conduct his or her affairs in accordance with the provisions of these by-laws and in accordance with good practice. He or she shall perform such other duties as may be required of him or her by the Association, the President, the Board, or by these by-laws.|
|SECTION 5:||The Treasurer of the Association shall receive and administer the funds of the Association and shall arrange for the disbursement of funds in payment of all legally contracted debts of the Association. His or her conduct shall be in accordance with the provisions of these by-laws and in accordance with accepted good practice. At an appropriate time, he or she shall transfer such records of the Association to his or her successor. He or she shall perform such other duties as may be required of him or her by the Association, the President, the Board, or by these by-laws. There shall be a yearly audit of the Association’s assets by a three-person auditing committee appointed by the President. The audit report shall be read at the regular February meeting.|
|SECTION 6:||The President shall appoint a Sergeant-At-Arms. He or she shall perform such duties as to maintain order during meetings and while voting is taking place. He or she shall perform such other duties as may be required of him or her by the Association, the Board or the President. He or she shall be a member of the Board of Directors, with no voting powers.|
|SECTION 7:||Any Officer or Director may be removed from office during his or her term by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the entire Board at a regular scheduled meeting of the Board. Absentee ballots will not be permitted. The effective date of removal shall be fifteen (15) days following the date of the meeting. The Secretary, Treasurer, or President shall inform the affected Officer or Director by certified mail that his or her services are terminated, giving the effective date of such termination.|
|SECTION 8:||An unexpired term in any office shall be filled by an appointment made by the Board of Directors for the remainder of the unexpired term.|
|SECTION 9:||Absenteeism by any Officer or Director, for three (3) consecutive regular meetings, or three (3) consecutive Board meetings, shall be cause for removal from office, after a hearing by the Board of Directors.|
|SECTION 1:||The Board of Directors shall consist of twelve (12) active or Life Members in good standing of the Association, bearing the following identities:
President – Vice President – Secretary – Treasurer
Six (6) Directors
Immediate Past President
|SECTION 2:||The President shall be the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and shall be the presiding Officer at meetings of the Board. The Chairperson of the Board of Directors must yield to the incoming President at the expiration of the President’s term.|
|SECTION 3:||There shall be six (6) Life or active members in good standing of the Association holding office as Directors. Each Director shall be elected to a three (3) year term with terms staggered so there shall not be more than two (2) Directors elected to office for a full term in each calendar year. An effort shall be made to nominate and elect Directors so that the two counties, which comprise this Association, will be equally represented. Directors may be removed from office before the expiration of their term by the procedure set forth for removal in Article VII, Section 7 of these By-Laws. The President may fill any vacancy in the position of Director for the remainder of the unexpired term. Directors may succeed themselves in office. The newly elected Directors shall assume the duties of their office in the same manner as prescribed for Officers of the Association. Directors shall hold office until their duly elected successors are installed. Each Director shall not serve for more than two consecutive full terms.|
|SECTION 4:||Unless otherwise stipulated by these by-laws, all decisions of the Board shall require a simple majority vote by those members of the Board who are present at any regular Board meeting, the time and place of which shall have been previously announced to all Board members. Board meetings shall be held at the call of the President or at the call of at least four (4) members of the Board other than the President. A quorum at such meetings shall consist of at least seven Board members.|
|SECTION 5:||The Regional Representative to the Building Officials Association of New Jersey from this organization shall be the immediate past President and shall serve for a period of two years. In the event he or she cannot serve, the President shall appoint a Regional Representative. The appointee shall be any sitting Board Member or Life member.|
|SECTION 1:||By-Laws Committee
Each year the President shall appoint a By-Laws Committee to study and evaluate the meetings of the Association and recommend to the Board of Directors changes to the Constitution and By-Laws.
|SECTION 2:||Nominating Committee
The President shall annually, by the February meeting, appoint a Nominating Committee consisting of three (3) members. The immediate past President shall serve as an Ex Officio, non-voting member and shall act as Chairperson. The duties of this committee shall be to make nominations, with the consent of those nominated, and to prepare a slate of those nominated to be presented at the regular October meeting. The Nominating Committee, including the Chairperson, shall have no more than one (1) representative from any one (1) governmental jurisdiction. No more than one (1) member of the Nominating Committee shall be reappointed to the committee and no member shall serve more than two (2) consecutive terms.
The Nominating Committee shall call for letters of intent to be submitted by the June meeting. Individuals interested in serving as an Officer or member of the Board of Directors shall submit a letter of intent and a copy of his or her resume. The Nominating Committee will then prepare a separate slate of those nominated to be presented at the September meeting.
Additional nominations may be taken from the floor at the regular October meeting, after which no further nominations will be taken. Any Life or active member in good standing may be nominated from the floor. The names of those members nominated from the floor will be placed on the ballot. The election of Officers and Directors shall be held at the regular November meeting. A majority of all votes cast shall be necessary to determine the selection of any officer or director elected.
|SECTION 3:||Election Committee
Prior to the September meeting the President shall appoint four (4) persons to an election committee. The duties of the Election Committee shall be to supervise all necessary activities to insure an orderly election.
|SECTION 4:||Ethics Committee
Ethics Committee shall be appointed each year by the incoming President with powers to review ethical questions raised by the Association and members individually. The Committee may make to the Board of Directors, recommendations as to reprimand and/or removal of any affected member, from the membership roll of this Association pursuant to Article VII Section 7. The manner of removal is the same as it applies to Officers and Directors. The Committee shall consist of five (5) members who shall be appointed by the President. Two members shall be from the Board of Directors and shall act as Chairman and Co-Chairman. Three members shall be from the general membership. Each appointment shall be for a term of one year.
Audit Committee shall consist of three (3) members appointed by the President in December who shall prepare an audit report for the February meeting.
|SECTION 6:||Scholarship Committee
The President shall annually, by the February meeting, appoint a Scholarship Committee consisting of five members; at least one of which shall be a member of the Board of Directors. The purpose of the Scholarship Committee is to review applications for tuition assistance, and to make recommendations to the Board of Directors for the award of scholarships as set forth in Article XI.
|SECTION 7:||Awards Committee
The Awards Committee shall consist of three (3) members and shall each be responsible for the presentation of awards. The following awards shall be presented to:
A) Outgoing President
(10 x 12 Plaque with gavel)
B) Outgoing Board Members
(7 x 9 Plaques)
C) Inspector of the Year (When warranted)
Must be a member in good standing of the Association and have the unanimous vote of the committee.
(10 x 12 Plaques)
D) Any other awards deemed appropriate. Each year the President shall appoint at his or her discretion such other committees as necessary to achieve the objectives of the Association.
|SECTION 1:||This Constitution and By-Laws shall take effect on the first day of the month following the date of adoption by at least two-thirds (2/3) of the voting membership present at a regular scheduled Association Membership meeting.|
|SECTION 2:||Any voting member may propose Amendments to this Constitution and By-Laws to the Board of Directors. Any member of the Board may also submit proposed amendments at any regular meeting of the Board. All such requests for amendments shall be transmitted in quadruplicate to the Secretary, who shall transmit a copy of it immediately to the President, and the Chairperson of the By-Laws Committee. The Board shall consider all such amendments so submitted. Those amendments, with modifications as may be necessary, shall require an affirmative two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board members present at a meeting of the Board before being placed in writing before the general membership at the next regular scheduled Association Membership meeting. An approved amendment shall become effective on the first day of the month following adoption by at least two-thirds (2/3) of the voting membership present at such regular meeting.|
|SECTION 1:||CREATION OF FUND – The BPMIA Scholarship Fund, also known as THE FRANK GIANNANTONIO SCHOLARSHIP FUND, is hereby established.|
|SECTION 2:||PURPOSE – The purpose of the fund shall be to provide financial assistance to students pursuing an education in a two or four year college.|
|SECTION 3:||ELIGIBILITY – The applicant must be an immediate family member, (son, daughter or grandchild) of a member in good standing who is pursuing or wishes to pursue courses of study beyond High School. Undergraduate courses directly connected to Code Enforcement shall receive first preference when being considered for a scholarship by the committee.|
|SECTION 4:||FINANCES –
(A) The Fund shall receive, after all obligations have been satisfied and proper contingencies established or embellished, all surplus monies realized from the golf outing and other fundraisers. The funds shall be deposited in the existing money market fund or other interest bearing account separate from the general account.
(B) The Fund shall be eligible to receive gifts, endowments, bequests, gratuities, etc. from whatever source for the furtherance of the intentions of the Association.
(C)When recommended by the Committee and based on a report of available funds by the Association Treasurer, the Executive Board shall determine if scholarships will be awarded in any given year. The amount awarded to each applicant attending college and selected by the Committee shall be determined by the Executive Board, and be further limited to a one time award per applicant. No single award shall exceed two thousand dollars.
(D) All necessary expenses for the operation of the Fund shall be legitimate charges subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of Bergen Passaic Municipal Inspectors Association.
(E) The Chairman of the Fund may institute and recommend with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors, fundraising enterprises, the net result of which shall be deposited to the credit of the Scholarship Fund.
(F) No monies shall be drawn from the Fund for purposes other than those stipulated herein except by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors voting at any regular or special meeting.
BERGEN-PASSAIC MUNICIPAL INSPECTORS ASSOCIATION, INC.
I shall place public safety above all other interests.
I shall place public interest above individual, group or special interests and shall consider my profession an opportunity to serve society.
I shall maintain the highest standards of integrity, knowing that my membership in this Association is contingent upon that.
I shall treat all persons courteously, equally and fairly.
I shall not accept nor offer any gift, favor or service that might tend to influence me in the discharge of my duties.
I shall conduct myself at all times in such a manner as to create respect for the jurisdiction I represent and the membership of the BPMIA.
I shall refrain from the use of my position to secure advantage or favor for my family or my friends, at the expense of my brother inspectors or myself.
I shall refrain from using unfair means to secure an advantage in this Association or to knowingly injure any individual, company, fellow inspector or this Association to gain such advantage.
I shall carry on my contacts with other members of this Association in a spirit of fairness, with loyalty and fidelity to the aims and purposes of this Association.
I shall not knowingly put myself in a position that would cause harm to my brother inspectors with regard to their livelihood and reputation.
I agree that whoever, by force, intimidation or threat or by any other manner whatsoever, induces any builder, developer, general contractor, subcontractor or home owner to give any form of unlawful compensation shall, upon discovery, be charged and questioned and appropriate action taken as per Ethics Guidelines.
I agree, as a member of this Association, to assist and cooperate actively with this Association and my brother Code Officials in all areas that affect our livelihood.
I further agree that I will refrain from entering into any job negotiations with a Municipal body without making every effort to ascertain the reasons for the availability of that position.
I further agree that if I fail to or refuse to abide by the rules and tenets of this Association, the Ethics Committee, after a full and impartial review of the transgression, under the guidelines as set forth in Article VII, Section 7, shall take any or all of the following actions: 1) dismiss charge as unfounded; or 2) recommend, reprimand, and/or document case and forward to the Department of Community Affairs for further action.