Voters in Damariscotta approproved a $90,000 appropriation for a downtown restroom facility during a special town meeting on December 19, according to Town Manager Matt Lutkus.

The warrant article asked residents to approve use of the funds from the town’s unappropriated surplus. The approval means the town’s contribution to the project will rise to $161,000. Other funding includes a Maine Small Harbor Improvement grant of $17,300 and $385,200 from private donations. “Project expenses are higher than the cost for construction on a town-owned site due to the cost of purchasing the barbershop property and substandard soils and the cost of foundation work required for construction in the 1 percent flood zone,” the article stated.

Prior to the vote, the town’s unappropriated surplus stood at $1.18 million, according to the warrant.