I was speaking to one downtown merchant and a suggestion was brought to my attention. A way to combat debris on the sidewalks and a possible solution to the cardboard/garbage pickup. James, Market, and Church Streets get covered with small debris........ciggy butts, gum wrappers, receipts, etc. Some merchants find it difficult to free up an employee to go out and sweep up the side walks in front of their stores. In addition, they do not want to go to their stores on Monday or Tuesday nights to set out their garbage or recycling [some stores set out card board boxes on the side walks days in advance of the scheduled pick up].
A Possible Solution?
Interested merchants could form an alliance and "chip in" to hire a person to rove and sweep up in front of their stores. A central location for storing recyclables and garbage could be created and the same person could be responsible for placing them out on the appropriate evenings.