County OKs exploring Rails to Trails

The Marion County Commission Tuesday, January 22, directed County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman to proceed with planning for what must be done to develop a rails-to-trails path from Marion to the McPherson County line.

Commissioner Randy Dallke said it has been shown that tourism to the county will grow if the effort is put behind it. Development of a hiking and biking trail along former railroad siding would be in keeping with that effort, he said.

Huffman said such a trail would require a body responsible for development, upkeep and liability. That body would be the Central Kansas Conservancy, she said.

The announcement followed a 30-minute executive session for personnel with Huffman and County Appraiser Cynthia Magill.

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