The board, as explained by city
attorney Bill Bates, has the duty of assessing the need for any
public vehicle before issuing a license. They must see that the
business will meet a public convenience and necessity.
Under the current circumstance the
application was viewed more as a transfer than as a new license
since Lincoln has had two licenses available and, if approved, there
would still be only two cab services and two licenses in town.
However, Squaire was prepared to make
her case and did. She said that she had reviewed the records of the
business that she and her husband, Randy, are taking over. From that
information she had three points in support of Lincoln's need for
their continuing cab service:
- They will be transporting
shoppers to stores, workers to jobs, patients to doctors and much
- They will provide a continuing
income for the drivers who were driving before. Drivers need
stability and job security.
two or more companies share the same market, it benefits the end
consumer. Each company must find a way to distinguish itself and
appeal to its customers.
The Squaires will be using their
residence on North Kickapoo Street as a business address. They live
just over the city limits line, putting them in the county.
The business will channel calls through
a phone at their home, which will forward to cell phones for the
drivers to answer directly in the cabs. As a convenience to their
clients, Mrs. Squaire said that the phone number for the new
business will remain the same as for the old business.
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One resident, Virgil Douglas, who lives
near the Squaires on Airport Road, questioned where the cabs would
be repaired, stored and dispatched. In particular he was concerned
about broken-down cabs sitting on the property.
Randy Squaire said that he has several
business properties in town where the cabs can be parked during off
hours. Of the concern that cabs might be coming and going from the
residence as they're getting calls, he said, "That's not our purpose
or our plan at all." The cabs transfer drivers and continue on
throughout the day, he said.
When the cabs are in need of service
and repair, Mr. Squaire said, they plan take them to Duvall's, which
has holding space if there is a delay in the repairs. He said that
he doesn't anticipate having cabs in need of repair just sitting, as
you don't make money that way. So they won't be sitting around their
residence needing repair, nor will they be operating on and off the
residence property all day, every day.
Squaire emphasized, "Personally, I have
too many children (seven) to have cabs coming and going in my
driveway." He also wouldn't want broken-down vehicles sitting
around. It would be too much hazard to the family.
Alderman Glenn Shelton made a motion to
approve the petition for license, which was seconded by Alderman
Verl Prather. The license was approved 11-0.
Mrs. Squaire hopes to have the vehicle
transfers completed and restart the business this week. Hours will
remain the same: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. The number is