Groups adopt stretches of road in Richland County
All this is….A bunch of Narcissists saying….look at me! Surely being friends of the system they are getting paid, DON’T BE FOOLED, one way or another, WE are paying for this!
MANSFIELD — Litter may be everyone’s problem, but only a handful of people in our area take the trouble to pick it up.
Even more visible than trash along north central Ohio’s highways are those big, green signs noting that a business or organization has “adopted” a small stretch of the road’s berm for regular trash pickup. Less frequently seen are people from those groups, or anyone else, actually picking up and bagging the litter.
Volunteers from Ontario United Methodist Church’s church and society committee were an exception to that rule this past weekend, as they removed trash along Ohio 314, near its intersection with Ohio 309, something they do the requisite four times a year from June through September as part of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program, which was begun in 1990.
“We’ve been having trouble getting new people to help out as we’ve gotten older. I started in the 1990s. We usually get six to eight people to turn out. The numbers have gone down a little bit as the years have gone by. We don’t have as many young people,” said Eileen Kraven, a volunteer coordinator and member of Ontario United Methodist.
When it comes to picking up litter, the numbers are down across the board, except for one. It cost ODOT $4.4 million last year, as well as 206,221 labor hours, to pick up 392,305 bags of trash across the state. That’s enough money to pave 40 miles of two-lane highway with high-priced asphalt, or for ODOT to buy 28 new snowplow trucks. – Wow!, we paid $4.4 Million last year alone for cleanup? Where can one sign up for this job?????
What’s more, whenever ODOT crews have to take time to pick up trash, that takes time away from other highway repair tasks.
The Adopt-A-Highway volunteers do certainly make a dent in Ohio’s litter problem, however, filling 25,000 bags with trash and saving ODOT $280,000 annually – I’m curious how they came to the conclusion that a bag of trash costs them $11.20 a bag? Hell, you can’t get this much for a bag of aluminum! But in Richland and Crawford counties, not as many people are spending less time picking up fewer bags of trash. – Why should ANYONE be surprised?, you can’t find ANYONE to work around here! It’s all about welfare, disability, or a cushy government job – lol!
“ODOT’s District 3 has 27 groups covering the two counties. Thirteen of these groups have been doing it for 20-plus years,” Sonya Riley, the district’s Adopt-A-Highway coordinator, said. “We do monitor how often they pick up; they submit a pickup report after each pick. Some groups do pick up more often.”
In 2012, 286 volunteers in Richland County spent 72 hours picking up 559 bags of trash, according to ODOT. That compares to 259 volunteers, 59 hours and 465 bags a year later.
In Crawford County, 184 Adopt-A-Highway volunteers spent 22 hours picking up 157 bags of trash in 2013, down from 240 people, 28 hours and 170 bags a year earlier.
While ODOT has 201.53 miles available for adoption in Richland County, just 43.89 miles are currently taken, by 21 groups. The state agency has 176.78 miles available in Crawford County, of which 13.34 miles are adopted, by six groups.
“Our district has a total of 124 groups, which is our normal average,” Riley said.
ODOT also has an agreement with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for prisoners to gather litter along the interstates and interstate look-alike routes, such as U.S. 30, at least in Richland and Lorain counties.
To be sure, picking up trash isn’t exactly a glamorous task.
“Fast-food things are the most common, paper and cardboard, and of course there are a lot of cans. There are also a lot of building materials that fall off trucks,” Kraven said.
“There are some things we don’t pick up. We don’t touch dead animals, and there are way too many cigarette butts.” – The SIN TAX should go to picking these up rather than using the money for a losing football team – lol!
In Richland County, Ohio routes 13 and 39 have the most coverage under the Adopt-A-Highway program, with about eight miles adopted on each road. Six miles have been adopted on Ohio routes 96, 97 and 314, and two miles on Ohio routes 42, 61, 95, 545 and 603, as well as Interstate 71, which as the most-traveled route in the county has by far the most trash. None of U.S. 30 has been adopted in Richland County. – I’m curious ONCE AGAIN!!!! – We have all the traffic cams, why not incorporate trash cams to bust those littering these roadways????
The county’s Adopt-A-Highway participants, in addition to Ontario United Methodist Church, are Abraxas Ohio, All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Church, Ashland Cycling Group, Bahai Faith, Butler Lions Club, Crestview National Honor Society, Shelby Knights of Columbus Council 1968, Lexington Kiwanis Club, Mansfield Moose Lodge 341, Mid-Ohio Atheists, Mid-Ohio Bikers, Mid-Ohio Hot Wheelers, Most Pure Heart of Mary Church, Mt. Zion Lutheran Youth Group, SCRUBS Society, Shelby Rotary Club 3505, Shiloh Masonic Lodge 544, Sons of AMVETS Post 43, St. Paul Lutheran Church and Wal-Mart.
Adopt-A-Highway organizations sign on for two years, agreeing to four trash pickups a year. Groups can have as many participants as they want, but they must be at least 12 years old. ODOT provides safety vests, trash bags and safety training, along with the group’s name on a sign. Riley can be reached at 419-207-7160.
The perks of picking up trash may not be many. – But getting recognition for these narcissists is more than enough when we are paying dearly even though they don’t get paid. Don’t make sense why we don’t have inmates across Ohio do this? After all we are paying once again $80/day to keep these people locked up and give them more than many have who are not in prison, and we wonder why people don’t mind going there! They have it better! – TV, Computers, and it costs us MORE to keep them locked up than they would get paid to work in the REAL WORLD?????
“We’ve never found any money, but never say never. We found a credit card once,” Kraven said. – Probably a STOLEN ID to boot by one who’s in prison who should be cleaning this up! “It hasn’t happened to me, but someone who was helping us got hit once by a pop or beer can by someone driving by.” Yet no calls we made to report so they could be fined????
Of course, there is a certain benefit to looking at a stretch of highway that’s suddenly become completely litter-free. My guess is they haven’t traveled 13 near Walmart, there’s litter all over the place which should be charged to the fast food industry there when their patrons are the ones doing it!