[Chtechcomm] Petition to work with DEDC on wireless initiative

Terri Buckner tbuckner at ibiblio.org
Mon Jun 20 11:58:22 EDT 2005


This is a benign petition asking for authorization to collaborate. It 
doesn't require us to do so nor does it require DEDC to work with us. 
That's why this is being submitted as individuals rather than as the 
committee. If it were something of substance, I would wait for tomorrow 
for discussion and an official vote. This committee asks for special 
dispensations from Town Staff too often in my opinion--which is what 
would have to be done AGAIN if this is not submitted by noon tomorrow. 
Or someone would have to go to the meeting next week, take up important 
time at a jammed packed meeting to present something that council 
members haven't had a chance to review in advance. This way we expedite 
the procedure and we work within the normal agenda process.

If, after tomorrow nights meeting, it is not deemed necessary it can be 


Steve Irving wrote:

> Terri.
> While I support the TC's strategic goals related to municipal internet
> connectivity, including wireless, and generally understand and support the
> Northside/Pine Knolls issue recently referred to us by Council, I can't
> support the general approach, nor the specific language and timing of the
> memo to Council you have drafted. 
> I believe that we will have an opportunity to explore this issue with the
> Mayor, Manager, Staff and any Councilmembers present at our meeting
> tomorrow, and to have questions regarding what we are authorized to do
> answered directly. We will also have an opportunity to learn the Mayor's
> view regarding the DEDC effort, as he is also a member of that board, and
> possibly to obtain viewpoints from additional Councilmembers regarding
> municipal wireless (and wired??) internet access.
> If, after these discussions, a petition to Council is in order, there should
> be sufficient time to present it as a Committee action for their 6/27
> meeting, either via agenda or from the floor.
> Steve
> -----Original Message-----
> From: chtechcomm-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:chtechcomm-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Terri Buckner
> Sent: Sunday, June 19, 2005 7:18 PM
> To: Chapel Hill Information Technology Advisory Committee
> Subject: [Chtechcomm] Petition to work with DEDC on wireless initiative
> In order to work with the Downtown Economic Development Corporation 
> (DEDC) on the wireless initiative, we need Council's authorization. 
> Typically, Tuesday at noon would be the latest time to get something 
> added to the agenda for June 27 which is the last council meeting until 
> September. By that schedule, we don't have time to vote on this petition 
> in order to submit it from the committee. Therefore I am willing to 
> submit it personally in order to not miss the opportunity. The text I 
> plan to submit is below. If anyone would like to have their name added 
> as a sender of the petition, let me know.--Terri
> ***************************************************************
> To: Town Council
> From: Terri Buckner
> Date: June 19, 2005
> RE: Downtown Wireless Initiative
> After the June 15, 2005 Council meeting, the Town Manager referred a 
> citizen petition to the Technology Advisory Committee requesting that a 
> wireless network be established to serve the neighborhoods of Northside 
> and Pine Knolls. Currently, the Downtown Economic Development 
> Corporation is in the very early stages of pursuing a downtown wireless 
> initiative and a town-wide wireless network is included as one of the 
> activities in the Technology Advisory Committee's 2005-2006 strategic 
> plan (presented to Council on March 23, 2005).
> I hereby request that Council authorize the Technology Advisory 
> Committee to work together with the Downtown Economic Development 
> Corporation and any other town or university group that may be involved 
> in planning and implementing a downtown or citywide wireless initiative. 
> Such collaboration would include, but not be limited to, determining the 
> coverage area, reviewing and selecting platform and hardware, reviewing 
> and contracting with consultants, designing a business plan, and 
> promoting the idea with citizens and local businesses.
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