With Burns still struggling to come up with the money to finish the first phase of its new park on Highway 96, attorney Tim Potter said he will meet next week with Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officials to discuss avoiding losing the remaining portion of a state grant. The previous administration in Burns was told by a TDEC representative last year that the state wants to see significant progress being made toward completing the phase before it releases the final portion of a reimbursement grant. But Burns officials said they have run out of money for the project and still need utilities installed, lighting on a ballfield, a handicapped friendly walkway and a concession/restroom facility built to complete the first phase. New Mayor Landon Mathis said Monday night because the town is “behind the eight-ball” on the park project, he has been trying to figure out a way to raise money and get the project resumed without raising property taxes. Mathis said the town paid $410 for an analysis of the timber that can be harvested from the back side of the property and a broker estimated it could bring around $17,000 dollars, possibly as much as $20,000 in competitive bids. Estimates for completing the park’s first phase have ranged from $72,000-$125,000. The school board was told last month it could add over $1 million if the cost of building a football field is added to a middle school proposed next to the park. The school board and Burns officials have been discussing a joint user agreement that would allow the schools to use the park facilities and the board has contributed funds for an access road to the park and engineering for a turning lane on Highway 96. The Burns commission decided to wait for a report from Potter’s Jan. 17 meeting with TDEC before considering selling off the timber.