LEWISTON — Residents won't get curbside spring cleanup collections, but the city will let all residents take their bulky waste to the dump free-of-charge, councilors decided Thursday.
Councilors voted to fund curbside brush collections for the week of April 21-28. They also plan to open the city's landfill at 424 River Road to allow residents to drop off bulky items for one week.
Bulky waste includes old furniture, carpeting, mattresses, construction and demolition debris, wood waste, brush tree clippings, old televisions, computer monitors, refrigerators and scrap metal. It also includes up to four tires and two 20-pound propane gas cylinders per resident.
It's the same program the city offered last year, but last year's free dump visits were limited to property owners. This year, councilors opened it to all Lewiston residents.
"At least, we should offer it as a test run," Councilor Mark Cayer said. "If there's abuse, we can revisit it."
Public Works Director David Jones said the brush collections should cost the city about $11,000. Waiving tipping fees would cost the city about $20,000.
Jones said the city has about $90,000 left over from its winter plowing and sanding budget that could easily pay for the collections.
But he urged councilors to consider putting the cleanup up week in next year's budget.
"If we are going to continue to do this, we should put it in the budget so we don't have to worry about how we're doing it next year," Jones said.