While the town of Burns is preparing to borrow up to $300,000 to finish the first phase of its new park, Mayor Landon Mathis has asked the Dickson County School Board to consider funding up to $308,000 to pay for a turning lane on Highway 96. In a joint work session Thursday night, Mathis asked the board to help Burns complete the turning lane project then allow the town to use the funds from a Tennessee Department of Transportation grant to move forward with the next phases of the project, which would include football and baseball fields that could be used by a planned middle school. But board members said they are hesitant to commit more funds until there is some kind of user agreement between Burns and the school system that outlines the use of the park facilities by the schools. “I want to know what we’re getting,” said board Vice Chairman Kirk Vandivort. Board member Josh Lewis said he would like to see a timeline of when the park facilities would be completed. “It’s like we’re spending money on a dream,” Lewis said, pointing out the school board doesn’t yet have a plan for when a proposed middle school will be built. Chairman Tim Potter, who also is the attorney for Burns, pointed out that the first phase of the park does not benefit the school system, since it only includes softball and t-ball fields, while the school would need a football field. Lewis pointed out that the county’s three other middle schools do not have baseball and softball fields on campus. Board member Steve Haley said he is concerned about “paying for something we don’t have” such as a turning lane for an unfinished park at a school that is not yet scheduled to be built, when the board is scrambling for money to make ends meet and unable to give employees raises. Burns has a TDOT reimbursement grant for up to $308,000 for construction of the turning lane with a deadline of October 2014 for completion. In 2010, the school board committed $46,200 to pay for the cost of engineering and design for the turning lane. The board and Mathis agreed that the next step is to draw up a detailed user agreement that outlines what and when facilities for the park will be completed before the school system will consider contributing to the construction of the turning lane or additional phases of the park project.