WESTMINSTER — A retired Pikesville man said yesterday he may drop plans to operatea taxi service here because the City Council has failed to act on his application for a license.
The council referred the application Monday from the Stan Cab Co. to its finance committee, which will return to the board with a recommendation.
The applicant, Melvin L. Wolpert, expressed dissatisfaction with the council's action and said he may not go ahead with his plans to operate in Westminster. Wolpert said he applied for a license in mid-December.
City Clerk John Dudderar said the application process takes time because the matter is "of interest to the community." He saidWolpert was made aware of the process when he applied for a license.Monday was the council's first meeting since before the holidays.
"The mayor and council act as public service commission to look out for the public interest," Dudderar said. "That's the way it should be."
Wolpert has supplied the city with his financial and driving records, which Dudderar said was standard procedure for any firm wanting to operate a public service in Westminster.
"We have to take a look at his financial capabilities to provide good public service," Dudderar said. "We look at his income tax records and his driving record. The process
is not going to happen overnight."
Taxi licensesand fares must be approved by the council.
Carroll County Cab is the sole taxi service in the city. Dudderar said two companies once served the city. He said there have been applications from other cab companies from time to time.
Wolpert, who declined to divulge his former profession, said he wants to operate a taxi service in Westminster because the city is close to his home and the cost of obtaining apermit here is not prohibitive.
He said he formerly operated a taxi service in Harford County, but has decided to operate closer to home to curb costs.
"Business is slow, so I wouldn't want to go fromone county to the next to antagonize other cab drivers," he said. "Iwouldn't park at anybody else's stand."
Duncan Wood, general manager of Carroll County Cab, asked the council several questions about Wolpert's proposed business venture. He wanted to know whether the council had considered whether there was a need for another taxi service and what hours the firm plans to operate.
Council President William F. Haifley said the committee and the council would attempt to find the answers to those and other questions.
"My concern is this town can't support two cab companies," Wood said. "Competition is healthy, but if they're going to let one-car operations come in here -- what will happen is I'm going to go out of business."