Taxicab Request Rejected

Report To Council Cites 'Vague Presentation'

January 29, 1992|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff writer

WESTMINSTER — The City Council has rejected a retired Pikesville man's request to run a taxi service here.

The council's unanimous decision Monday night not to grant the Stan Cab Co. a license came at the recommendation of the Finance Committee.

The applicant, Melvin L. Wolpert, didn't attend the meeting. Wolpert, reached at his home Tuesday, declined to comment on the council's decision.

Taxi licenses and fares must be approved by the council.

In a report to the council, committee chairman Stephen R. Chapin said Wolpert's presentation about his proposed business venture wasvague.

Wolpert, for instance, gave the committee conflicting information about his proposed business hours. He initially said he wouldrun his one-car taxi service on weekends and holidays; then he told the panel he would provide service daily.

He also told the committee he would not operate his taxi in bad weather, particularly in snow. Wolpert told the committee he would not have a fixed address, but would operate out of a Route 140 shopping plaza using a cellular phone.

"The failure to offer service during inclement weather, including days when there is snow, does not meet the committee's understanding of the requirement of public convenience and necessity," Chapin wrote in a three-page report.

Wolpert, 61, applied for the permit in mid-December. He said he wanted to operate a taxi service in Westminster because it's close to his home and the cost of obtaining a permitis not prohibitive.

In applying for the license, Wolpert was required to supply the city with financial and driving records. That information remains confidential with the council.

Carroll County Cab,which had raised concerns about the business venture, remains the sole taxi service in the city.

Meanwhile, the council has referred that firm's request for an undetermined rate increase and to allow advertising on its cabs to the Finance Committee for review.

Mayor W.Benjamin Brown said he had "some trepidations" about the future of public transportation in the county. He recommended that the council direct a committee to look into the situation and the future transportation needs of city residents.

The council didn't act on his recommendation.

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