[Chtechcomm] Council Motion Tonight

Evelyn Daniel daniel at ils.unc.edu
Fri Jun 17 09:41:34 EDT 2005

The Triangle United Way is not a town agency, of course, but their 
activities are very important to the town; they are the major coordinated 
charity that the town and the university recognize.

It's good for the CTC to be aware of and publicize activities like this 
relating to Technology.


--On Thursday, June 16, 2005 5:36 PM -0400 Brian Russell 
<brussell at ibiblio.org> wrote:

> 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:
> 919-460-8687
> t4t at unitedwaytriangle.org
> http://www.unitedwaytriangle.org/2004/t4t/t4t.htm
> The non-profit I work at has donated computers to T4T.
> -Brian
>> 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_t
>>> o_consider_establishing_wireless_internet_access_in_the_northside_and_p
>>> ine_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
>>> e-fax  650-618-1578
>>> gregg at gdgerdau.com <mailto:gregg at gdgerdau.com>
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