The board of aldermen appears to be poised to tackle one of Everett’s “eyesore” problems – the glut of satellite dishes on local homes.
Ald. Robert Van Campen informed his colleagues earlier this week that he has prepared a draft ordinance to address the “dish problem” and will present it to the committee on rules and ordinances at its next session.
The Ward Five lawmaker said some houses have four or five dishes and they’re usually placed on the front of the dwelling, although he noted that in one instance, he’s seen a satellite dish attached to a tree.
The abundance of the dishes and their unsightly placement on local homes have gotten out of hand, said Van Campen.
He maintains that some rules and regulations are needed to eliminate the eyesore situations.
The cities of Boston and Revere are also targeting “dish problems” in their communities.
East Boston Councillor Salvatore LaMattina has unveiled his proposal that seeks to ban satellite dishes in the Hub from being placed on the front of a dwelling, unless the subscriber can’t get a signal from any other part of the building.
LaMattina addressed the Revere City Council earlier this week because Beach City legislators are also very serious about enacting a measure to deal with the “dish problem” that they have.
“The satellite companies should be responsible for the placement and removal of the dishes because it’s a quality of life issue, but they’re not,” asserted LaMattina.
At this week’s aldermanic meeting, it was suggested that the local rules and ordinances committee should get a copy of Boston’s proposal to see if it can be helpful in finalizing an ordinance for the city of Everett.