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City council approves two new taxi services

City council approves two new taxi services

City council approves two new taxi services

A decision by Statesboro City Council to hold a special meeting Thursday helped a pair of businesses planning to open soon.
City Council hosted September’s second scheduled meeting Thursday, two days after officials were forced to moved the meeting because a quorum was not present.
Vehicle-for-hire companies Boro D.D. and About Town Non-Emergency Shuttle Service were approved for business Thursday. That means they will not have to wait an additional two weeks for the next regularly scheduled council meeting to begin rolling.
Nicholas LaVan, the owner of Boro D.D., sparked conversation Tuesday about rescheduling, saying any major delays could be detrimental to his business.
LaVan said a large portion of his customers are expected to be Georgia Southern University students who will most need rides during home football weekends. 
“This weekend and next weekend, we have home football games,” LaVan said. “Obviously, with 20,000 extra people coming to Statesboro, having a good time and needing a cab service, we’re glad we’ll be open.
“To have to skip two games would have definitely put us behind the eight-ball,” he said.
The new businesses will add to a short list of taxi and shuttle services already operating in the city.
“I saw the need for another reliable taxi service,” LaVan said, about deciding to open Boro D.D. “The city especially needed one that will work even after local bars shut down, when kids often go to a friend’s apartment or house party, and need a ride later.”
In other business Thursday, council approved the appointment of new Planning Commission members and the purchase of two utility pickup trucks.
Council will next meet Oct. 2.
The 9 a.m. meeting will be followed by a reception to honor Tommy Blitch, who recently resigned as the District 1 councilman.

Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.

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