City residents stay tuned, cable television is coming to New Carrollton.

The city council last week decided to consider franchise applications at its Sept. 23 meeting. City Manager John Brunner said the council may vote to award a contract that night.

Two companies are vying for the franchise: Storer Cable Communications, a national outfit represented locally by former county executive Winfield M. Kelly Jr., and Metrovision, an Atlanta-based organization.

Metrovision, which also is seeking the county's northern and southern franchises, has made its proposal to New Carrollton contingent on receiving one of those two contracts, Brunner said.

Brunner said the two companies' system specifications "line up closely," and that it may be a tough decision.

The council also voted to change the way mid-term council vacancies are filled. Under the new law, a special election will be held to fill any opening that occurs more than 120 days before the end of a term.

The new ordinance will be effective in 50 days unless voters protest the decision within 40 days, Brunner said. He added that voters approved the proposition last May, when it was on the ballot as an advisory question.

There have been two mid-term council vacancies in the last three years, Brunner said.