SYKESVILLE - Displeased with the offerings on Prestige Cable, Cory and Frank Grzymata thought they'd found another way to tune into the television programming they wanted.
Last year the Braemar Court residents shelled out $3,000 for a satellite dish they could use to pick up the Spanish Network and other programming they wanted but could not get from the county's only cable operator.
But when they called Sykesville Town Hall to ask about getting a permit for their new dish, they learned of a town ordinance that prohibited the devices.
"I had to disapprove (the request) because the ordinance, the way it's written, does not allow (dishes)," said Town Manager James L. Schumacher, who's also Sykesville's zoning administrator.
So Monday the Grzymatas brought their predicament to the Town Council.
"The worst thing is that we've already bought everything," Frank Grzymata told the council, adding it would cost another $1,000 to have the dish installed.
What added to their frustration, the Grzymatas said, was seeing that some town residents already had installed dishes in their yards, despite Ordinance 106.
Some council members also said they've seen some dishes around town.
"People were saying, 'You've already got it, go ahead and put it up.' But I said, 'No, I'm going to do it the right way,' " Grzymata said. "And look where it gets me. We're trying to do it the legal way, and we're stuck with something we can't use."
After hearing the Grzymatas, the council said it will instruct the town's Planning Commission to dust off the ordinance and consider amending it to allow dishes.
The current law permits dishes affixed to rooftops, said Schumacher, but prohibits those set up in yards, which the Grzymatas had planned to do with theirs.
The commission will take up the matter at its Nov. 5 meeting.
Council members said that because satellite dishes have become so commonplace, perhaps the time has come to allow them.
"It should've been done a long time ago," said Council President Charles B. Mullins.
Even if the ordinance is revised, Mullins hinted that residents who've already erected dishes may be subject to enforcement of the existing law.
"They might not have their (dishes up) very long," he said.
In other action Monday, the council announced:
* Sykesville's recycling program will kick off this weekend. Starting Saturday -- and continuing each Saturday -- residents can drop off newspapers, office paper, and aluminum at the town's new maintainance center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Residents will be able to load their recyclables on a truck that will be placed at the maintenance center, located off Sandosky Road near Town Hall.
Newspapers must be bound with twine or placed in brown grocery bags (magazines and other glossy-paper materials cannot be accepted).
Office paper must be placed in cardboard boxes. Aluminum cans should be crushed. Aluminum items such as doors or gutters also will be accepted; * Twenty-nine applications have been received for the post of Town Hall receptionist. The position became vacant when Sue Augerinos announced last month she was leaving. Schumacher said he hopes to have a candidate for the council's consideration at its Oct. 22 meeting.