[Chtechcomm] Council Motion Tonight

Brian Russell brussell at ibiblio.org
Thu Jun 16 17:36:26 EDT 2005

Is the Triangle United Way a town approved agency?

Triangle United Way has a program called Teaming for Technology. They
accept computer donations of all sizes. In turn they refurbish them and
make sure they can be used successfully by others. Then they donate them
to other organizations in need. Maybe they can help the town find new
homes for their used computers through T4T.

Here is Team for Technology's contact info:
t4t at unitedwaytriangle.org

The non-profit I work at has donated computers to T4T.

> IT Members,
> The school system already makes internet appliances (free) and low cost
> ISP access available to all students. They have devoted a great deal of
> effort into ensuring that all students have equal access--that was their
> basis for implementing a Citrix network. They would need to agree to
> install Citrix (and maintain) on any 'free' computers in order for
> students to use them for schoolwork. Then there's the wireless card
> issue. We need to make sure Doug Noell is going to be present before we
> schedule this as an agenda item.
> There are also significant barriers involved in re-distributing
> state-owned computers. The town (and the university) cannot give
> computers purchased with tax dollars to any individual or non-government
> entity. I've been trying to figure out how to transfer 5 of the Town's
> surplus computers to a teen center in Carrboro and am not having much
> luck. The town can only give them to another town approved agency, such
> as Empowerment or the Friends of Parks and Rec, who can then distribute
> them. I've contacted a couple of other agencies before I learned about
> these two and they agreed to be the conduit, but required that their own
> groups had first choice ahead of the teen center. I suggest we invite
> Delores Bailey in for this discussion also.
> As for the wireless network, the Downtown Economic Development
> Corporation is in the final stages of hiring a new executive director.
> Setting up a downtown wireless network will be one of the earliest
> priorities for that individual. According to their preliminary plans,
> part of Northside would be included in the downtown range. That
> individual and Andrea Rohrbacher should also be included in the
> discussion.
> It's kind of a drag when something so simple turns into such a pain,
> isn't it? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. I'm not sure whether its
> so complicated to give computers away because its such a new idea or
> whether it will continue to be problematic every year.
> Terri
> Gregg Gerdau wrote:
>> On tonight's (June 15th) Council Business Meeting Agenda,  Item
>> 15(a)2 was a recommendation from Council Members Wiggins and Greene to
>> act on a citizen’s recommendation to create a wireless Internet access
>> environment in the Northside neighborhood and make old computers
>> available for use by persons who otherwise would not have access to
>> computers and the Internet. “We believe this idea merits further
>> consideration and could be of value in both the Northside and Pine
>> Knolls neighborhoods.” wrote the Council Members.
>> The discussion was brief, but Mayor Foy said “it’s a good idea” and made
>> a motion to refer it to the Manager for a follow-up report. Council
>> Member JIM WARD stepped in and said “and the Technology Committee?” and
>> Mayor Foy said “yes, and the Technology Committee”. The motion passed
>> unanimously.
>> This links to the whole document:
>> http://townhall.townofchapelhill.org/agendas/ca050615/15a(2)-petition_to_consider_establishing_wireless_internet_access_in_the_northside_and_pine_knolls_neighborhoods_and_program_for_use_of_old_computers.htm
>> Thank you, JIM WARD!
>> Bob Avery - we must include this on the June 21st TC Agenda being
>> published tomorrow...I will send over an amended draft.
>> With best regards,
>> Gregg
>> Gregg Gerdau
>> Chair
>> Chapel Hill Technology Committee
>> mobile 919-593-0037
>> office  650-302-3500
>> home  919-932-5202
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>> gregg at gdgerdau.com <mailto:gregg at gdgerdau.com>
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