WASHINGTON GROVE -- The town will not seek its own cable television franchise or join the Gaithersburg hook-up, but will become part of the county system once that system is implemented.

The Town Council Monday voted to join the future Montgomery franchise because "the county will ultimately offer us more than Gaithersburg now can," Mayor Robert Evans said.

The county is expected to seek bids on a franchise in the fall, Evans said.

In other business, the council accepted an offer from community residents to study the the 81-year-old Washington Grove town hall. Evans said the council was concerned that the building was not structurally sound, because it had not been thoroughly examined since it was built in 1900.

The town decided to solicit bids on the work, but area engineers offered to do the job for free, Evans said. The engineers will check for wood decay and insect infestation, he added.

GAITHERSBURG -- The city will lease part of the B & O railroad station on South Summit Avenue to use as a railroad museum or a community information center.

The City Council Monday agreed to pay the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co. $500 a year to use the west room of the station.

The structure, the first railroad station in Gaithersburg, was built in the late 1800s, said City Manager Sanford W. Daily.

In other business, the council decided to create a new medium density zone in the city, which will provide homes for persons of moderate income. The new housing area has not yet been designated. In a related move, the council voted to allow day care centers for fewer than five children in town house areas.

The council also considered issuing $4 million worth of industrial revenue bonds to Metropolitan Linen Services, Inc. The company will provide Gaithersburg area hospitals with laundry service. A public hearing will be held on this in September.

In other action, the council amended the city's precious metal dealers ordinance to conform with recent changes in state law.

GLEN ECHO -- The Town Council last week decided to form a public fund-raising organization called Friends of Glen Echo Park.

The organization will plan and finance park events and will be open to residents of Glen Echo and others, according to Town Clerk Paula Wolff.

The council expects to come up with a framework for the group at its next few meetings.

Several citizens at the Aug. 10 meeting complained of multifamily homes located in areas zoned for single family residency. The town has asked Montgomery County to look into the matter and the council decided that it may take action on its own.

In other action, the council decided to call in an expert to help rid the town hall of bats, which Wolff said cling in masses to the hall's shutters.

The council also asked for bids on town trash collection.