It took three attempts, but it looks like cable television is finally coming to Fairmount Heights.

The Town Council last week awarded the town's franchise to Metrovision Cable Televison after hearing a company presentation.

The town originally awarded the contract last year to Cross Country Cable Television, which also was seeking the right to serve the southern portion of Prince George's County. The county is divided into two franchise areas, northern and southern.

Cross Country told Fairmount Heights that if it was not given the county's contract, it might not be able to serve the Fairmount community in southern Prince George's. The county later awarded the potentially lucrative franchise to Metrovision.

"The firm Cross Country said because our contract with them had not received final approval from the main office, we had no commitment and the agreement could be broken without legal problems," Mayor Robert Gray said.

The town then approached Storer Cable Communications, which was awarded the franchise for the county's northern area. But Storer officials said the firm could not hook up service because the town is in the southern area.

Finally, Fairmount Heights turned to Metrovision.

Gray said attorneys for the town and Metrovision are working on the contract. He said cable service is not expected until next spring.