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Council refuses flat rate on coal weights

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Says City Scales Are for Protection of Consumer from "Light" Weight on Trucks.

J. T. Whalley who said he represented a number of haulers of coal from fuel mines in the vicinity of Mt. Savage, and Eckhart, who sell their coal in Cumberland appeared before the City Council this morning and asked the scales weighing ordinance, be changed from 20 cents a ton to 25 cents a flat load. The request was refused.

This coal is weighed on the city scales.

Hauler to Absorb Flat Charge

Franklin C. Ankeney, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce and W. R. Moore, traffic manager, appeared with Mr. Whalley. They stated they had assurance that if a flat rate of 25 cents was made for weighing, the haulers would absorb the charge thus reducing the price of coal in consumers. On a five ton load $1 would be saved.

Mayor Thomas W. Koon and the members of the council doubted that this reduction in the scale weighing would be taken into account, and the saving made given to consumers. Mayor Koon said they had no complaint from consumers and that as he knew the people of Cumberland wanted their coal weighed and did not object to the 20 cents per ton charge.

A Considerable debate followed. Mr. Ankeney was of the opinion if in a five ton truckload, a dollar was removed by elimination of the weighing charge, that the consumer would get much reduction in price of his coal.

Mayor Koon stated that the scales had been in operation for several years, and this was the first request to eliminate the weight per ton charge, and that was by a hauler. Several Commissioners cited instances of complaints where haulers had "raised" the weight shown on a city scale slip when the coal was dumped at homes and the price collected.
It was shown that for many years the consumer did not have the protection of correct coal weights in coal drayed into Cumberland, and that the present method worked satisfactorily

Scales To Protect Consumer
The council refused to amend the city scales ordinance until a number of consumers as well as all the truckers asked that it be done, and the council was assured that a 25-cent flat charge for one ton or five tons, would be absorbed by the hauler, also that there had been no objection by the consumers in the city to paying 20 cents a ton for weighing if they had the assurance they were getting the weight they were paying for in the coal delivered them.

Mayor Koon said the city did not wish to make an large revenue from the scales, but the trucked coal was weighed to protect consumers in the city. If a resident believed they were overcharged they could bring their weight slips to the scales and compare them.

It was also shown that several truckers had been arrested by the police for not weighing their coal. Dealers in Cumberland who have their own individual scales, sell their customers without weighing the loads on the city scales.


Cumberland Times


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Allegany College of Maryland

Cumberland (Md.) press coverage; Cumberland (Md.) Chamber of Commerce

Cumberland (Md.), 1920-1930

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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