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Councilor Concerned About 'Eyesore' Caused by Satellite Dishes

Multiple satellite dishes have become an increasing issue as services like DirectTV have become an alternative to cable.

Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Photo credit: Patch file photo.

Tired of the “eyesore” of multiple satellite dishes on the side of Peabody homes, Councilor Anne Manning-Martin wants the city to find a way to remove unused satellite dishes.

Manning-Martin said at the Thursday City Council meeting that new people move into homes, but the previous resident's satellite dish remains on the side of the house. These can add up. 

“I don’t care for them at all. I don’t want them near my house,” she told the Salem News after the meeting. A number of councilors spoke in favor of Manning-Martin’s request after the meeting, but there was question as to how to regulate them.

This is a growing problem as services like DirectTV have become an alternative to cable companies. On her Facebook page, Manning-Martin said satellite dishes and billboards are two quality of life issues. 

It’s not only a problem because of people changing residences. Many times, satellite dish subscribers leave an old dish that's not working on their homes when they need to purchase a new one.

The combination of dishes not working along with dishes of former residents can create a cluttered residential skyline – especially on multi-family dwellings.

Peabody isn't the first city to raise concerns. Boston created regulations two years ago so that satellite dishes would not be placed in front of homes.

Manning-Martin wants the Community Development Department to review who is responsible for removing the dishes and what legal issues are involved in having the city require a homeowner to remove an old satellite dish, reported the News.

Read the full Salem News report here.

What do you think? Have satellite dishes become a quality of life issue? Should Peabody look for ways to reduce the number of inactive dishes on buildings? Let us know in the comments section below.

Johnny D February 09, 2014 at 08:21 PM
How about we start by dissolving the monopoly that Comcast has created in our city? This is what happens when the only competition is a dish-based service. Never mind the fact that this is a ridiculous complaint to begin with...what if I don't like the color of your front door, can I rally to have it removed?
J February 10, 2014 at 07:24 AM
Johnny I agree 100%. It's a shame that Verizon won't bring Fios to Peabody. I think old pre-1999 cars, shrubs, and my drunk ugly neighbors are all an eyesore, but I'm not crying about it. This lady must have a sore neck riding around looking up at everyone's roof. Let's hope she's a passenger rather than a distracted driver. This lady obviously has nothing productive to do with her time. I wish I had the time to be that bored.
Melissa February 10, 2014 at 08:11 AM
Way bigger fish to fry. How about we clean up the trash on the ground before we worry about the trash in the sky. I'm way more concerned with the nip bottles, hypodermic needles, cigarette butts and other trash along County and Lynnfield Street than I am satelitte dishes?
Joan Ciampa February 10, 2014 at 08:23 AM
Talk about eyesores. What about the ugly billboards popping up along route 1.
Alan Richmond February 10, 2014 at 08:46 AM
Alan Tell Ann Manning to worry about rising taxes, land sites that need chemical cleanup etc. Really TV dishes are your only concern?
anon February 10, 2014 at 08:53 AM
Couldn't agree with JohnnyD more! Too many trees in my neighborhood for a dish, but I'd give anything to get away from Comcast. TV signal breaks up occasionally, and now every night at about 10 internet signal disappears. Comcast blames that on my 'old' modem. Really? At the same time nightly? Could it just possibly their old wiring and equipment. With almost no competitor, why should they bother?! Why is Peabody the only town in the area without FIOS?
bill west February 10, 2014 at 08:57 AM
How does she feel about the old TV antennas?
Andrew Denaro February 10, 2014 at 09:28 AM
Wow Councilor, slow clap for you. How about you spend some time being even being half as concerned with the issues that actually affect the quality of life for Peabody residents? You know... rather than using your influence position of power to start a war on your pet peeves.
mark February 10, 2014 at 09:30 AM
That is what happens when the Brazilians and Latinos move in to those old run down properties! They are too cheap to pay an extra $10 a month for Comcast and as a result you get those ugly satellite dishes all over the place! Same in Malden, Everett and Revere!
DEBBIE February 10, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Personally, I inquired about FIOS coming to Peabody. Competition is good as it would make Comcast lower their outrageous prices. I was told that they are in such demand, they could not even come here for several years. THAT IS HARD TO BELIEVE. Since when does a major company like FIOS reject potential customers because of the workload? Get new equipment. Hire new people. TO ANON: If they tell you that it is your modem for service that is intermittent , why don't those blood-thirsty people get off their butts and get to your house to replace it. The politicians in Peabody need to get off their butts too and get us on the list for FIOS.
Bjean February 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Before you guys jump all over this woman, it might interest you to know that she has been an adamant voice of objection against billboards in Peabody. She is met with a lot of resistance on the city council as it is a "boys club". This issue is a quality of life issue. Obviously keeping our taxes low are a priority. You are taking one article and spinning it and saying that this is her "main concern". Its not, she spoke up and give the woman some credit for doing so!!
Johnny D February 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM
"This issue is a quality of life issue." How, exactly, do satellite dishes affect your quality of life? It sounds like you are making this more of a "girl power" issue than a quality of life issue.
Bjean February 10, 2014 at 12:22 PM
Visit her facebpok page where this issue is discussed.you will see how quickly she is shot down. Johnny, I often wonder about you. Are you an educated person? Employed, married, father? Just wondering.
Johnny D February 10, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Why are you so curious about my "situation" Bjean? It could only be one of two things: 1. You think this website is akin to match.com and are interviewing potential mates...or 2. You are using comments posted on the Peabody Patch as a gauge of a person's intelligence and professional/personal success. Either way I am not interested in sharing any of my personal life. Thanks for asking though.
Johnny D February 10, 2014 at 12:41 PM
On a less personal note, I am glad that she was "shot down" quickly. Could you please answer the question I originally posed before you inquired about my life..."how, exactly, does a satellite dish affect your quality of life?" Life, and this website, would be pretty boring if everyone agreed all the time...don't ya think? Please do yourself a favor and stop taking everything so personally...lighten up.
Bjean February 10, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Im happily married, thank you. I just was curious. You seem to think very highly of yourself and your opinions, and im just curious if you are one of those 600 pound weirdos who is stuck in his apartment all day and no other means of communication with the outside world other than blogs and posts like this. Or if you are a working, productive citizen with something more than a high school education to back up the garbage that you give off. I sincerely hope that you dont have daughters because your comments against this female and myself "girl power" are very rude. I think you like to stir the pot, and are a troublemaker.
Bjean February 10, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Please do peabody a favor, and move.
Johnny D February 10, 2014 at 01:43 PM
Please feel free point out any factual errors in any of my posts. Better yet, answer the question: "how do satellite dishes affect your quality of life?" And, since you feel the need to call me out as a sexist, I would like to remind you that YOU were the one who brought gender into this...I was merely commenting on YOUR COMMENT not the article itself. "She is met with a lot of resistance on the city council as it is a "boys club". One must wonder whether or not you would be throwing your support behind this cause if a male councilor brought it to the table? I sincerely hope you don't have sons.
Bjean February 10, 2014 at 02:39 PM
BECAUSE WE DO NOT LIVE IN CHELSEA OR MATTAPAN. Multiple dishes hanging off of a house is an eyesore. Falls into the same category as unclean/unkempt properties, dirty streets, etcs. If you were at all the least bit educated, you would know a tiny bit about the "broken windows" theory discussed for years. Which is why I asked about your background. And if you paid attention to local government, you would know that Ms. Manning attempted to discuss the billboards at the last city council meeting and it was immediately blocked by THE MEN. However, funding for new turf for the football field was approved. Keeping our city clean, safe, and pleasant to live in seems to be important to her. And dont address me specifically again.
mark February 10, 2014 at 05:12 PM
Deport the immigrants and the satellite dished will go with them!
Fran C. February 10, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Wow really ???Back to the dishes.If there is rental property with many unused dishes then its up to the landlord to see the tenants have them removed.This could be added into a lease.Why would,nt the companies want them back ???Just asking
Johnny D February 10, 2014 at 08:26 PM
I think the assumption here is that satellite dishes = poverty. There are beautiful and expensive houses in both South and West Peabody with dishes...not because of the lower cost...but because people are sick of being held hostage by Comcast and this is the only alternative. Also, unless you live in a condo complex or something, no one should be able to tell you what you are allowed to display ON YOUR PROPERTY. If I want 10 dishes on the back of my house (MY house) then no one should be able to say boo.
corbinb1juno February 10, 2014 at 11:51 PM
What Comcast boxes attached to the side of houses not being used should they be removed. Lets work on real problems what about quality of life when the square floods. Also does this mean we will have to hire dish police to enforce it. Spend your time on cutting the tax rate something that would really change the quality of life
DC February 11, 2014 at 02:21 AM
First off, I do agree the trash issue on the streets and sidewalks in areas of south and downtown Peabody are 100% a "quality of life" issue above satellite dishes. People need to be held accountable more and any trash put out before trash day or not properly in barrels should be investigated and owners fined. However, in regards to the dish issue: I believe a tenant has the federal right to install a satellite dish on a rental property but only in an area that is exclusively under the tenant’s control — like a private porch or patio. A tenant is not allowed to install a satellite dish in or on any common areas or area that is not under the tenant’s exclusive control — such as a roof, side of the building, shared porch etc. — unless the landlord consents. I have heard recently of a landlord in Boston suing though a class-action lawsuit DirecTV for the removal of any dishes installed on their properties without consent. See article linked below talking about a landlord suing DishTV similarly in California. http://petriestocking.com/blog/2012/08/08/landlord-sues-the-dish-network-for-the-costs-to-remove-satellite-dishes-from-his-rental-property-and-wins/
Susan Sturgeon February 11, 2014 at 04:10 PM
No question that they ARE an eyesore. If one had been on the house we bought in Peabody we would have had the owners remove it as a condition of sale.
Dan Walcott February 24, 2014 at 03:51 PM
I fear those deemed "ugly" in Peabody will soon be required to cover up in berkas. Billboards, satellite-dishes, and oh my...what is next?

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