The West Tisbury selectmen said this week that the $75,000 approved at the annual town meeting in April will not be enough to build a new picket fence around the town cemetery on State Road. Two bids came in over the amount appropriated last spring.

At their meeting Wednesday, selectmen said they will return to voters to amend the article so that at least part of the fence can be replaced with the money appropriated.

“I’m hard-pressed to spend more than $75,000 on a fence,” said selectman Jeffrey (Skipper) Manter 3rd. “We could at least get three quarters of it done.”

In other business, selectmen are exploring the possibility of acquiring a piece of land on Indian Hill Road owned by Mary and Rebecca Cournoyer.

“We’re looking at the possibility of acquisition,” Mr. Manter said. “It has a well and a septic,” he added. Selectmen would not say why they were interested in purchasing the property at 8 Indian Hill Road, which is less than an acre, nor would they disclose any other details pertaining to the purchase. Discussion continues in executive session.

A public hearing on the town tax rate will be rescheduled to take place once the town valuations are certified by the state. Tax rate hearings were scheduled in other Island towns this week too, but because this is a revaluation year, the state Department of Revenue has been slower than usual with its certifications.

There was also discussion about the condition of a building used by the highway department on Old Courthouse Road. Building inspector Joseph Tierney told selectmen that the building, which was once a fire station, currently is equipped with temporary wiring. In order to bring the building into compliance with building codes, he said a new structure would be more cost effective than renovating or repairing the current one. Selectmen asked for more information, including costs for renovation and costs for a new building, before moving forward with a decision.