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Brickyard committee meets for initial planning session

It's only a beginning, but it's for better things to come. A Brickyard Committee met Wednesday afternoon to discuss plans for renovations to the home of Thomson's beloved Bulldogs.

Renovations for the Brickyard are listed on the ballot as one of the projects of SPLOST IV, which goes in the hands of voters in a special election on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Not wanting to waste any time, School Board Superintendent Mark Petersen formed a committee to begin discussion of plans for the Brickyard.

Dr. Petersen said the committee includes community members, business members, school representatives, and of course, old Dogs.

"I've got several old Dogs in there. There's a lot of blood, sweat and tears in the Brickyard, and we want to make sure that we facilitate this process and that we make sure it's a better thing," he said. "Because there's a lot of emotion in the Brickyard, and I'm cognisant of that. It's very important."

Dr. Petersen said a PowerPoint presentation at the meeting showed pictures and a discussion of ideas was held. He said the committee will meet again in August and September.

"You are never going to be able to have a decision when you have 20-25 folks. That's brain storming, and that's what we will do those three months is talking about what could be," he said. "We've seen a lot of football in a lot of great places, and everybody's got something different."

In previous articles, The Mirror reported renovations would possibly include the bleachers, the concession stand, bathrooms and the field. Dr. Petersen said nothing will take place until after SPLOST IV is passed and the football season is over.

After the committee meets for three months, and after the September election, Dr. Petersen said a subcommittee will prepare a formal proposal to be presented to the School Board at their October planning session.

"I've just got a bunch of folks that have a passion for Thomson and the good things that happen in Thomson. I'm real excited about the process of putting visualization on what could be to make this a place of continued pride," he said.

The deadline to register to vote in the Sept. 19 election is through 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 14 at the Board of Elections office in the courthouse.

Web posted on Thursday, July 13, 2006

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