The Montgomery County Council, which has become a Tuesday morning soap opera of sorts over the question of quick-paced development in the county, had its act featured on the tube yesterday with live, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the proceedings by cable Channel 30.

Council President William Hanna, who has often expressed frustration over the length of debate on development issues, said before the meeting yesterday that the eye of the camera might provide an "antidote to media politics."

He was proved wrong after hours of discussion over how the county could best monitor congestion and a failed attempt by him to push the council to quickly vote on an issue.

"I understand we are all going to get a tape of the meeting today," Hanna said to the crowd in the hearing room. "I hope the eight-hour tape is in. They're going to need the extended play."

Council member Scott Fosler responded by asking if it was true that one of the tapes would be placed in a time capsule to be opened in the year 2050. Hanna, commenting on the long and recurring debate over growth in the county, said there might be no need for the tape.

The discussion "may extend to the year 2050," Hanna said wryly.

Repeats of the Tuesday hearings on the Montgomery County government channel will be aired Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 p.m.