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Records Continued from Page 6A The engineer's office searched through commissioner meeting records from the 1930s and onward looking for evidence that it had been made a public road. They found two motions: One that quitclaimed their rights to the road in 1935, and another that vacated the road in 1956. "That should imply that it was actually dedicated as a public road," Lozier said. "Who did it get vacated back to?" A chain of title search by a professional might be the only way to determine who now owns the 2.75-acre path through the private property. Partnership The road toward making the Rock Haven portion of Blackhand Gorge more accessible to visitors likely involves partnership among the residents, the 77 i Several Rotary members interested in the reopening the prominent section of Black Hand Gorge took a brief tour, led by Ohio Department of Natural Resources, In October. JASON LENHARTTHE ADVOCATE Ohio Department of Natural Resources and other interested people. Burkholder said he is willing to donate his time to lead guided tours through the area occasionally, as long as the state will enforce the property lines. Piatt said he thinks discussion is important, and that guided tours whether by ODNR, Burkholder or other volunteers could be one solution. m W I. 1 J ? - "There's ways around it, and it's (to) cooperate," he said. Another resident, Virgil Clark, who owns a large number of lots and has lived in the area for at least 25 years, said he has no problem with visitors to the park. "I thought that was supposed to have been done 20 years ago," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't bother me at all that they would open it up."