SYKESVILLE — Monday's Town Council meeting may as well have been called "Gripe Night," as residents and business people paraded their problems before elected officials during a session that lasted four hours.
The lengthy agenda included complaints about destructive cats, abandoned cars, noisy trucks, overgrown weeds and store renovation snafus.
Ann Haney of Norwood Avenue told the council how a stray cat crawled under a canvas cover on her 1950 Chevy Coupe and destroyed the cover and scratched the car.
Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr., an owner of two indoor cats, said the town ordinance concerning pets exempts cats from the county's restraint law.
Nicky Ratliff, Carroll County Humane Society director, suggested using traps to catch offending animals, which can be taken to the Humane Society.
"If you passed a leashlaw for the town, you'd have to enforce it,"Ratliff told the council, adding it would be impossible for her three animal control officersto handle the additional workload.
The council deferred action onany ordinance changes until further review by the town attorney.
Springfield Avenue resident Beth Whiteford brought complaints to the council about two abandoned cars near her property and was told the town's police department would look into the matter.
Whiteford alsoasked whether anything could be done about a tractor-trailer that occasionally parks near Sykesville Middle School with its engine running all night, disturbing residents' sleep.
Another problem came from Robert and Emily Welsh, and Arleen Tarbart, who are renovating the building at 7571 Main St. to house Past Tymes Ice Cream Parlor.
The three planned to open the store last Friday. But plans were delayedwhen they found a storm drain under the building and parallel to thesidewalk that increased sidewalk repair costs.
Robert Welsh askedthe council for help with the repair costs, since the sidewalk is a public right of way. The council agreed to take $1,000 from its impact fees on up to five homes that are affected by usage of the storm drain pipe to help cover the extra $1,600 that work is costing the trio.