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News-Herald Staff Writer

SCIO – A portion of one walking path in Scio is being eyed as a potential alternative route for Amish buggies as increased truck traffic stirs concerns about safety.

Harry Horstman, chairman of the Conotton Creek Trail Committee, spoke with Harrison County Commissioners Wednesday about a proposal to utilize a portion of the trail in Scio for Amish buggies in light of increased oil and gas truck traffic. Horstman said a $36,000 local match was needed for ODOT funds to make necessary upgrades and both Amish residents and officials with the Utica East Ohio Buckeye plant showed interest in raising the funds.

Horstman said progress had been made to pave more than a mile of trail in the village to accommodate Amish buggies, but it would take money to make it happen. That section includes 0.9 miles of path to the west and 0.7 miles east of Scio that would be shared with the horse-drawn wagons.

“I think we can make it work, but we need to come up with the cash before we can put it together,” said Horstman.

Officials said it could also open up a can of worms for people who want to ride their horses along the path.

“Using the trail for pleasure riding is one thing; using the trail for safety purposes is another,” said Commissioner Don Bethel.

More of the Trail discussion and further meeting details can be found in the March 16, 2013 print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.