The West Tisbury select board accepted a proposal from the town financial management team this week to spend federal American Rescue Plan Act funds on the Howes House renovation project. The town has access to $304,000 in funds from the bill, and a warrant article for the Howes House proposal will be presented at this year’s spring town meeting.

“[The funds] can be used for any municipal purpose,” said town accountant Bruce Stone, explaining that this was the only project in town big enough to spend the money on the timetable set by the federal government.

In other business, board members considered the possibility of using the old town police station by Mill Pond for municipal office space. The building is currently being treated as a surplus building, under lease to two Vineyard artists until 2025.

“Our already expanded town hall is already feeling a little cozy,” said Jessica Miller, who concurred with Skip Manter’s recommendation that the board explore uses for the building. The board voted to form an exploratory subcommittee to look at what such uses might be.

The board also voted to appoint Jim Graham to the airport’s FAA noise study committee.

“We’ve had a fairly robust response,” said board chair Cynthia Mitchell.

Town administrator Jen Rand noted that others hoping to get involved in town government should check for openings on the town website.