The town of Burns has gotten state approval to borrow money to complete the first phase of its new park on Highway 96. Attorney Tim Potter informed the Board of Commissioners Monday night that the director of the Division of State and Local Finance with the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has approved the town’s proposal to borrow up to $300,000 for the park project. The commission voted last month to borrow the money although Mayor Landon Mathis has said he doesn’t believe the town will need that much to complete and light four ballfields, build a concession stand, walkways and a dog park. Mathis said between work by town forces as well as donated or discounted materials and labor, the town should be able to complete the phase for much less. TriStar Bank has made a preliminary offer to loan the money and donate the interest to the project. Meanwhile, the commissioners and school board are having some problems finding a suitable date for a joint work session to discuss the project and more possible school system involvement. Last week school board Chairman Potter reported Mathis had asked for an April 11 meeting, but Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks has a conflict. So the board asked to meet April 18. But Monday night Burns Commissioners Bill Allen and Chris Holland reported they are unavailable that night. So Potter said he would contact the other school board members to see if they could meet at 6 pm Thursday, April 25, prior to that night’s monthly board meeting. Mathis has said he wants to talk with the school board about making an additional investment in completing the park since the school system hopes to use the facilities for students at Stuart-Burns Elementary and a proposed middle school. The school system paid over $166,000 two years ago to help build the access road to the park and committed $46,200 for engineering and design of a turning lane, but that money has never been paid as the town has not moved ahead with the project. Burns commissioners also voted 3-1 Monday to solicit bids for a consultant for removing and selling timber on the park site. Only Holland voted in opposition.