In the 15 years since Tammy Reynolds has been Liberty's road commissioner, she has seen Marshall Shores, the town swimming area on the southwest corner of Lake St. George, get busier and busier.

And with the crowds, she has seen a spike in trash, vandalism and parking problems.

"We even had someone actually move in with a tent," she said. "We had to put up a sign saying, 'please take notice — no overnight parking.'"

Frustrated by the problems, Reynolds decided to submit an article for the annual town meeting Saturday, March 30, dealing specifically with parking issues at Marshall Shores. She said selectmen accepted it and "tweaked it a bit."

Parking is the biggest issue, Reynolds told The Republican Journal last week. There are only 18 legal parking spots available, which fill fast, and there is no parking allowed on the winding road adjacent to the lake.

"We put up a parking ordinance and put up 'no parking' signs. People still continue to park," she said. "I had an agreement with Totman's to tow cars parked on the road. People would drive off before the wrecker arrived.

"I bet there are 40 signs telling people what to do," she said.

Liberty Selectman Carrie Peavey and Fire Chief Bill Gillespie have spent a lot of time trying to enforce the ordinance but "the signs are not working," Reynolds said.

The Sheriff's Office has been contacted, and they have come down and used a bullhorn telling people to move, but they cannot enforce a town ordinance, she said. "It's out of their control."

Waldo County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jason Trundy said there are similar parking issues in Belfast. There, officers issue a warning the first time, and a second violation is a $10 fine. Reynolds said Trundy recommended the town buy a $300 boot, enabling the town to incapacitate a car.

In addition, there is a lot of garbage created on a hot day, Reynolds said. One woman cleans up the area on weekends. She picks up dirty diapers and broken bottles, Reynolds said. There used to be picnic tables, but Reynolds said they often ended up in the lake.

The town currently pays for a port-a-potty, which has been used as a trash can, Reynolds said. "Last Fourth of July, the port-a-potty was filled with household trash."

While she feels residents should get a parking sticker in their real estate tax bill that would allow resident parking in the 18 spots available, Reynolds said selectmen would like to use a boot to enforce the parking ordinance.

The town is also considering creating a new parking attendant position, at least during days that cause the most problems — the first day of ice fishing season and hot summer days.

Reynolds said she does not agree with the boot, but would like to have voters weigh in with "good debates."

Another option, she said, would be to sell passes, but she concedes "that doesn't help the fact there are only 18 parking spaces."

Some people prefer residents-only access, while others want residents and taxpayers only, Reynolds said. However, she said people in the neighboring towns of Montville and Appleton began asking, "Why not us?"

"Should Liberty shoulder the burden of cleaning and maintaining the area? There just isn't enough parking available," she said.

It also is difficult for the people who live nearby, Reynolds said. In the winter, when people park on the road, the roads cannot be plowed, and in summer, kids sometimes dash through parked cars along the road, and she said she's concerned someone will get hurt. "And then who is responsible?" she asked.