The laziness of people who don't care about their community, or the one they're passing through, again will be partially thwarted by those who do care when the next Northland Area Business Association cleanup on state Route 161 takes place.

The laziness of people who don't care about their community, or the one they're passing through, again will be partially thwarted by those who do care when the next Northland Area Business Association cleanup on state Route 161 takes place.

The trash collection effort, held along the main corridor for Northland residents and businesses, is conducted every six weeks during "what I call the good weather season," said NABA president Dave Cooper, chairman of the 161 task force.

"These cleanups have been going on for many, many years," said Mark Higdon, NABA membership services director. "They've been very important, particularly since the city's resources have always been limited there. One crew every month or two, that leaves a lot to clean up."

The first community cleanup of the year was held March 28 and "drew record participation," according to the NABA's Web site. "Needless to say, the results were equally impressive. The following week, weed control was applied to the medians and culverts of the business corridor, and the first mowing left it looking pretty spiffy."

The 161 task force's efforts, combined with mowing conducted by city personnel, have resulted in "definite and easily perceived cosmetic improvement along that corridor there," Higdon said.

"We've got momentum going there," he added.

Depending upon how many volunteers turn out -- those interested in participating Aug. 8 should meet at 9 a.m. behind the Jiffy Lube at state Route 161 and Sharon Woods Boulevard -- trash gets picked up from the railroad bridges in Worthington to Ponderosa Drive, about three and a half miles, according to Cooper.

The cleanups last until around noon and usually each volunteer brings in between one and two bags of trash, he said.

Last time, the volunteers filled 10 bags.

"I've had as many as 100," Cooper said. "Of course, I had 35 volunteers that day."

Keep Columbus Beautiful representatives provide gloves, safety vests, pickup tools and the trash bags, and ensure what's collected is picked up the following Monday. Those turning out are asked to wear brightly colored clothing and sturdy, waterproof footwear for safety.

Participating is more fun that it might sound like, according to Cooper, and more rewarding, as well.

"There's a sense of accomplishment, and I know we get calls from people all the time thanking us for all the effort we put forth," he said.

"The volunteers from the neighborhoods, I can't say enough about them," Higdon said. "That says a lot about Northland, that these residents would come out to the business area to help clean up."

An effort is under way to create a special improvement district along that stretch of 161, similar to one on Morse Road. Routine trash pickup could be funded by such a district, Cooper said.

A meeting to discuss the status of that effort is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. today (Thursday, July 30) at Columbus Square Bowling Palace, 5707 Forest Hills Blvd.

Cooper said that 10 owners of 11 parcels have signed the petition to create the SID and more are being sought.

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