TRPM’S general meeting, held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at The Olde Philadelphia Inn, in Rosedale, MD, was called to order by President Wayne Sullivan at 7:46 pm. The blessing was given by Betty Cornwell, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance being led by Jeff Hurley. After a break for dinner, introductions were made around the room.
Jeff Hurley gave a rundown on the legislative committee. TRPM has been making progress with scheduling a meeting with the MSP on the regulations. Also, same with State Highway and the Chart Program and scheduling a meeting with Maryland Motor Truck to get things passed for the Chart program. Looking into following what VA is doing with the move over law, increasing the fine to $2,500. We must be licensed to go into Virginia so we’re also looking
into Maryland having a similar kind of licensing for tow operators. Charlie Parrish questioned on whether any progress had been made on the ADR licenses memorandum lifted. Jeff stated not yet. In Baltimore City there’s legislation that will do more harm than good, stating that municipalities have the right to license and control who comes in their city. Looking for any help that the association can give. Betty Cornwell and Larry Green went to a meeting in Carroll County regarding a private ambulance company that felt they were overcharged. The Commissioner wants to institute regulations. The lobbyist said he had done some research, stating that other counties have them. Betty corrected him on what counties do and don’t. Carroll County might be looking at how Charles County does it.
Violet Houston, Vice President, First National Bank, gave a short presentation on what First National Bank can
do when it comes to leasing new equipment. She introduced Jessica Taylor, Assistant Vice President. Lenders look for collateral, cash flow, and profit. Credit scores should be 670 or higher. Check your business credit score at Experian Business.
Baltimore County Police Tow Administrator, Phil Winkler, was in attendance and available for questions.
Slow Down/Move Over Fun Day on October 19, 2019 – at State Highway from 11:00 – 4:00. Bring your family, drivers can go to mini seminars. Craig Talbot is doing pre-trip inspection, Lt. Griffin, Maryland State Police will do something regarding scale inspection failures, State Highway Motor Carrier will have something for weights and permits.
There won’t be any TRPM General Meeting in December due to the American Towman Expo in Atlantic City, NJ the first week of December. The next General Meeting will be held in March 2020.
The September Big Money Ticket for $500 was won by ticket #089, Jim and Barb Beatty. October’s Big Money Ticket for $500 was won by ticket #301, Mark Kline. The November and December Big Money tickets will be drawn at the November Board Meeting. January, February and March will be drawn at the March 2020 General Meeting. The 50/50 drawing was won with ticket #9671 by Maria for $211. The door prize, a winch cable donated by Capital Truck Equipment, was won by ticket #9841, Wayne Sullivan.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:36 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Barbara Beatty, TRPM Secretary