More than 50 volunteers braved sometimes iffy weather Saturday afternoon to help clean up their community.

More than 50 volunteers braved sometimes iffy weather Saturday afternoon to help clean up their community.

Led by city zoning code enforcement officer Dan Mahaffey, the volunteers collected about 100 bags of trash from along state Route 256 and in Olde Pickerington during the second "Pick Up in Pickerington."

"It was really a good turnout for the weather the way it was," Mahaffey said. "That's as many as I had the first time I did it and I'm sure if it had not been for the weather, we would have had a lot more than that."

Volunteers have been coming out all spring to help spruce up the city, Mahaffey said. Last week, area high school students cleaned up around the city's swim club and a local church group helped plant grass around an area pond.

In the next few weeks, another group of Pickerington high school students will repaint the city's entryway sign on Tussing Road. Volunteers organized by the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce also will be taking on projects this spring.

Pickerington area residents, Mahaffey said, seem more than willing to lend a hand when needed.

"I think people are looking to see how they can help out," he said.

Mahaffey said he would like to better organize area volunteers and is hoping to start a program this summer through which local roads, ponds and parks can be "adopted." He also wants to find a way to make it easier for volunteers to find projects.

"This is the type of thing that I hope evolves to where we can go out and help some folks who are handicapped or elderly with some chores they just can't do," Mahaffey said. "We're searching for ideas and the people that have the expertise for the jobs that need to be done so we can bring them together."

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