The following were among actions taken at Tuesday's meeting of the Prince George's County Council. For more information, call 952-3718.
NOISE ORDINANCE -- The council voted unanimously to amend a proposed county-wide noise ordinance, prompted by complaints about University of Maryland students, to permit a jail term as punishment for violations.
The amended version of the proposed ordinance calls for a minimum $250 fine for first offenses and up to $500 for subsequent offenses.
The proposal, which bans loud noises such as the playing of musical instruments and radios 50 feet from houses between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., first was introduced in June at the request of College Park residents and officials and included the jail penalty.
But Councilman James Herl asked that the proposal be amended it to remove the jail penalty because he said it was too harsh. But after meeting recently with citizens and police officials from College Park, Herl agreed the jail penalty was needed to deter potential violators.
Council members will to hold a public hearing on the amendment sometime this fall and will vote after the hearing.
HOME REPAIR PROGRAM -- The council voted unanimously to support a school system home repair program for elderly county residents.
The program, begun by Tall Oaks Vocational High School students and staff allows students at the school to make minor repairs, such as patching walls and installing linoleum floors.
The council voted to ask the county executive, school board and the agency for the elderly to designate a representative to serve on a task force to study how the program would work and how it would be financed.
PET GROOMING -- A motion by Sue V. Mills to allow a resident to establish a pet-grooming business in an industrial area of Oxon Hill failed for because there was no second from another council member.
Mills acted the motion after a resident obtained permits to open a pet business, but failed to get permission from the county planning board. Council members said allowing the motion would set a dangerous precedent.