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VAN WERT — The Van Wert Athletic Complex/Stadium Committee has been gathering information since its formation, but plans to work through the process slowly as it delves into all aspects of the decision of whether to renovate Eggerss Stadium or build a new athletic complex at the school on State Route 118.

The committee, which has seven voting members and two non-voting members, met Sunday to tour Eggerss Stadium and look at what work needs to be done to renovate the aging stadium. They also went to the school complex on State Route 118 to see where the stadium, if it were to be built there, would be located.

In his report to the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education on Wednesday during its regular board meeting, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent Bill Clifton reported that the committee thoroughly reviewed the Save the Stadium Committee’s plan to renovate Eggerss in a meeting Tuesday.

Clifton and Van Wert High School Principal Bob Priest are non-voting members of the committee.

The voting members of the committee are Beth Gamble, Pat Jackson, Jacob Jones, Larry Mengerink, Don Miller, Lee Ann Pratt and Chuck Steele.

Clifton also noted that the architect for the school is now working on the plans to see what the footprint would be like for a new athletic complex.

“Once we can get that footprint in their [the committee members’] hands, I think we’ll start moving forward,” Clifton said. “Things are going to be bogged down now here for a little bit.”

In the meantime, the committee members are planning to visit area stadiums in Piqua, Sidney, Celina and Lima Senior.

“That tells you the commitment we’ve got in terms of the committee members,” Clifton said. “They’re willing to put their time in to do their homework because they understand the importance of this project.”