Legal fight could be over after trucker's apparent relocation

September 05, 1996|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF

A trucking company found to have operated outside the law for nearly two decades apparently has cleared its White Marsh headquarters of big rigs -- a move that could end a lengthy legal battle with its residential neighbors.

Residents of the small community of Nottingham, who for years complained that Umerley Trucking Co. generated noise, dust and traffic problems, say the trucks appear to have left the Philadelphia Road property, said Marie Simoes, Nottingham Improvement Association president.

"Our sleep is no longer disturbed all night long," she said yesterday. "I'm hoping that it is for good."

Umerley Trucking Co. moved the trucks to comply with a Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruling that the company stop operating near the residential neighborhood, according to an employee who said the company is still in business and asked not to be identified.

Owner Leo J. Umerley Sr. could not be reached for comment. His trucks haul road salt for state and county highway crews, and carry construction material such as sand, gravel and concrete block.

The Court of Special Appeals in March ruled that Umerley, in business near Nottingham for nearly four decades, has been operating outside of zoning laws since the late 1970s. The Court of Appeals refused in July to review the Court of Special Appeals ruling.

The court said the owner might have avoided the problem if he had been more attentive to a 1976 Baltimore County law regulating trucking companies. After that law was passed, Umerley bypassed an opportunity to register his company and, perhaps, obtain exemptions from some of the law's provisions.

Pub Date: 9/05/96

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