People often feel they are left to deal with the mess created by politicians.

People often feel they are left to deal with the mess created by politicians.

While the final Northland Community Cleanup Day of the year is always scheduled for after Election Day, State Route 161 Task Force chairman Dave Cooper said that hasn't been the case of late.

"The last several years, actually, we've had very good response from the politicians and we've had virtually no signs left," he said last week.

Those running for office have been heeding the urgings of task force members and the Northland Community Council's graphics guru, William Logan, not to post campaign signs in the public rights of way and to remove those planted on private property very shortly after the votes have been counted, according to Cooper.

Nevertheless, plenty of volunteer help can be put to good use on Saturday, Nov. 12.

"That'll be the last one for 2011," Cooper said.

The effort to remove trash and debris along one of Northland's major corridors will resume sometime in April.

"We still obviously want a good turnout just to pick up trash in general," Cooper said. "This'll be our push to get as many people as we can to get it ready for winter and make it look as nice as possible for the balance of the year and into the next year."

The removal of litter along shoulders and in culverts along a stretch of East Dublin-Granville Road between Interstate 71 and Ponderosa Drive runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 12.

Volunteers, who are provided with trash bags, safety vests and pickup tools, should meet at the Sharon Woods Center, located behind the Jiffy Lube at 1800 E. Dublin-Granville Road, at 9 a.m.

They are asked to wear brightly colored clothing and study, waterproof shoes or boots.

The spruce-up efforts, which run from spring through fall, are presented by the NCC's Landscaping and Beautification Committee with the support of Keep Columbus Beautiful, the Northland Area Business Association and NABA's SR-161 Task Force.

For more information or to indicate plans to participate, call Cooper at (614) 888-2201 or send an email to

So far, Cooper said last week, he has resisted the urgings of some to schedule a Northland Community Cleanup Day, or even days, during the winter months.

"I try not to burn out my regular volunteers and give them some months off, but it doesn't mean the need isn't there," he said. "We still have people throwing things out the window that they should keep in the vehicle until they reach a trash receptacle."

The most recent cleanup on Sept. 17, was aided by 28 people, including a 4-year-old boy, who showed up to volunteer. That's a record for 2011, and Cooper praised the efforts of volunteer coordinator Lesa Brugger, who signed on to help with that end of things prior to the first cleanup of the year.

"She's done a good job for us," Cooper said.