Burns Mayor Landon Mathis again asked the Dickson County School Board to pay for a turning lane at the new park on Highway 96 or the town will reconsider its plan to include a football field for a future middle school. At Thursday night’s school board meeting, Mathis said if the town of Burns is left to move forward with the park on its own, it’s not interested in a turning lane and can make more revenue by building one or two more baseball fields instead of a football field. “Burns is offering a pretty sweetheart deal,” Mathis told the board. For the second time, Mathis asked the board for up to $400,000 for construction of the turning lane, saying it will cost far less than an estimated $1-1.5 million to build a football field when a new middle school is opened in Burns. Mathis said there is not enough interest in Burns to justify building a soccer field, but the town would leave some of the park property dedicated for the school system to build one. Chairman Tim Potter, who also serves as attorney for Burns, said the town has a $308,000 reimbursement grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation for the construction of a turning lane that would serve the new park and a new middle school. But Potter and other board members said before they will consider allocating any funds, they want assurance that the football field will be there when a new school opens. Mathis said the town is moving forward with excavation of the site and the “board of education will have everything you need when the school opens or Burns will owe you money.” But board member Josh Lewis said the proposed middle school is just as big a dream for the school board right now. “Is there going to be a school or is there not going to be a school?” Lewis asked. Potter said it is time to bring county Mayor Bob Rial into the conversation to get a better idea of when the county will be in a position to fund a new school. Rial has said the county’s debt situation should be improved enough by 2018 to begin planning for school needs. Potter said he and school board attorney Jack Garton will prepare a contract between the school board and Burns to present at the October board meeting. Mathis asked the board for funding in its current budget but the board chose not to include any.