Visual pollution continued to decline in the Northland area during 2012, according to William Logan.

Visual pollution continued to decline in the Northland area during 2012, according to William Logan.

The coordinator of the Northland Community Council's graphics task force indicated he found some encouragement in the area of fewer signs on public property in the year now drawing to a close.

'Illegal signs in the right of way continue to decline in number, due to the diligence of the task force and community volunteers,' Logan wrote in an email. 'Illegal sign counts have been cut in half from last year 2011 and half again from 2010.

'Graffiti in public places is on the decline,' he said. 'However, graffiti on private property is on the rise. Fortunately, with the new private property graffiti legislation now in place, cleanup will now be pursued for same.'

In another area of the task force's efforts, Logan indicated that violations to sign regulations 'continue at a steady pace of about 240 service requests needing resolution.

The year was not without its disappointments, in Logan's view.

'With the political season just ended, we were encouraged that the number of political signs illegally placed in the right of way was down from years past,' he said in an email.

'However, we remain disappointed in the political class's refusal, particularly the judicial candidates, who - more than anyone - should know better, to comply with the law and stop placing any signs in the public right of way,' Logan added. 'The sign fiasco that was demonstrated in front of the Franklin County Early Voting Center was particularly annoying.'

Logan is also president of the Karmel Woodward Park Civic Association, vice chairman of the NCC development committee and a member of the Northland Alliance board. He offered these thoughts on 2012 from those perspectives:

'Crime in the neighborhood, particularly theft and home break-ins, rose,' he said 'The positive: We gained greater participation in the neighborhood Block Watch and closer cooperation with the Columbus Police Department. Streets continued to get repaved, hydrants painted and maintained and additional handicapped ramps installed.

'Extended electrical power outages remain a confounding problem, even though we live in the city where this is unexpected, unwarranted and unhealthy. The city, as part of Celebrate Columbus 200, installed neighborhood entrance signs. Vacant/abandoned homes continue to present problems.

'(The) development committee continues to see a steady stream of business changes, some new development and additional vacancies,' Logan said.