Cabbie doesn't show for meeting with council

June 24, 1992

WESTMINSTER -- Leroy M. Turnbaugh refused to comment Tuesday on why he failed to keep an appointment with the City Council Monday night to discuss his application to open a taxi service.

Nor would he say whether he is planning to withdraw his application, as he did with a similar application he submitted to the city government about 18 months ago.

Turnbaugh faced potential opposition to his application from a woman who told the council at its June 1 meeting that he abruptly closed a taxi service he operated briefly in Hanover, Pa., several years ago.

Turnbaugh, a Finksburg resident, is a former driver for Hughes Trash Removal. A spokeswoman for the Hampstead-based refuse hauler said Turnbaugh worked for Hughes for about a year before resigning several months ago.

Police Chief Sam Leppo said Turnbaugh had met the city government's requirement to provide proof of insurance and had passed a police background check.

The prospective taxi service operator had also met city requirements for a financial statement and a list of his equipment, City Clerk John D. Dudderar reported. Dudderar said Turnbaugh never explained his reason for withdrawing the application in 1990.

The council tabled Turnbaugh's application on the recommendation of Councilman Stephen R. Chapin Sr., who said he was not prepared to make a recommendation on the application until the prospective taxi owner meets with the council.

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