VAN WERT — The Van Wert Athletic Complex/Stadium Committee is still working to gather all the information to make a decision to present to the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education on how to move forward regarding a football stadium for the school.

The Van Wert Athletic Complex/Stadium Committee has seven voting members and two non-voting members. The voting members are Beth Gamble, Pat Jackson, Jacob Jones, Larry Mengerink, Don Miller, Lee Ann Pratt and Chuck Steele.

Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent Bill Clifton and Van Wert High School Principal Bob Priest are non-voting members of the committee that are there to help provide information and insight.

The committee met twice since the last Van Wert City Schools Board of Education meeting.

In February, Craig Beilharz met with the group and provided initial site plans, footprints and an estimated cost analysis for both locations.

“We want to do a really good job of going through those estimates with a fine-tooth comb and we want to make sure that we have everything as accurate as we can have,” Clifton reported on Wednesday to the board.

The committee also decided that some type of community input will be sought once all the information of costs, and pros and cons are researched for both locations.

In a meeting held in March, the committee decided three options were available: renovating Eggerss Stadium, building a new facility at the new location of the high school and middle school, or the demolition of Eggerss Stadium but rebuilding a new stadium on the downtown site.

“That poses a pretty important question: is it the stadium that this community believes in supporting or is it the location that this community is wanting to support?” said Clifton.

On March 28 the committee is meeting to look at the cost analysis given to them by Beilharz and going through any soft costs such as transportation costs for the student athletes if the current location is kept.

“We’re trying to compare apples to apples,” he said noting that costs adding baseball and softball facilities at the State Route 118 location are being separated, and the focus is on the football stadium and the costs that will occur to have a complete facility at both locations.

“It’s a process,” he said. “It’s a challenging process because we’re dealing with a lot of emotion. People want answers right now, we’re not there yet, but they’re coming.”