LIVERMORE — Selectpersons on Tuesday night agreed to post no parking signs on one side of Keith Street.

A “Carry In/Carry Out” sign will also be put back at the portable toilets at the public beach at Brettuns Pond.

Keith Street resident Ben Guild told the board about issues he and others living on the road are facing. Even though there is a town ordinance prohibiting glass bottles and alcohol, Guild said he has picked up a lot of broken glass and alcohol bottles at the beach.

“On my days off, I pick up a Hannaford bag filled with trash a couple days a week,” he said. “I’ve found cigarette butts, dirty diapers, recyclables, pet waste, human waste and even a hypodermic needle. With the amount of broken glass there, it could be a liability for the town if someone gets cut.” Guild said.

He added, “It’s getting excessive. Something needs to be done.”

Selectperson Wayne Timberlake said a dumpster was once kept at the beach, but people abused it. Once the dumpster was full, trash was piled up around it, he said.

Highway Foreman Roger Ferland said there are two signs there. One states “No dogs allowed.” The other, posted at the boat landing, says “Trash carry in/carry out.” 

Ferland said there is a similar sign at the town garage. He didn’t know where it came from, but he will put it near the portable toilet.

Guild said there is also a parking issue. People park on both sides of the street, or use the area as a park ‘n ride, making it impossible for residents to get out.

“The road isn’t physically wide enough to drive down with cars parked on both sides. Residents have to go up Market Street to leave their homes,” Guild said.

Timberlake said firetrucks and similar vehicles need to be able to get through.

Selectperson Megan Dion said the town needs to invest in some “No Parking” signs.

Another sign suggested was “$1,000 fine for littering.”

Ferland said at one time parking wasn’t allowed on one side of Keith Street. He would put the “No Parking” signs up. If people continue to park on both sides, they’ll be towed, he said.

Administrative Assistant Amy Byron had spoken with the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department after another Keith Street resident called about finding a hypodermic needle at the beach. She was told deputies would try to increase patrols. Other duties have higher priorities and people need to be caught in the act, she said.

The selectpersons discussed using game cameras and other methods to identify those littering. They took no action but supported the use of game cameras.

“If Keith Street residents see the selectpersons are trying to address this, it will make people happier,” Guild said.

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