Dan - feel free to check out the City budget at www.lewistonmaine.gov to see the costs for yourself.
The big issues are the cost ($100,000) and the amount of time required to complete spring cleanup. Last time it was done, it took Public Works 7 weeks working overtime to complete cleanup, taking away fully 1/3 of the repaving season. Spring cleanup v. Fixing our streets? For those 7 weeks, every city street looked like a neighborhood landfill. No other major city in the state does a city-wide spring cleanup for similar reasons. Before I was on the Council, tenants were not permitted to use the free pass at the dump during spring cleanup week. We made what I thought to be a positive change allowing all residents to participate. And we're in Maine - if we try hard, we all know at least one person with a pickup truck.