[Chtechcomm] Petition to work with DEDC on wireless initiative

Gregg Gerdau ggerdau at intelor.com
Mon Jun 20 16:32:28 EDT 2005


As we previously discussed, I believe your idea has some merit and deserves
the opportunity to be thoroughly vetted with the TC before any action is
taken on behalf of the TC.  If you would like to add it to the agenda for
tomorrow's meeting, we could try.  As several people have now pointed out:
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.

I say "try" because this is not a one step process.  It has to fit into an
overall plan for how the TC approaches the achievement of its purposes.
Step #1 is "building cooperative interaction with Council and staff by
establishing an atmosphere of compromise and give-and-take that works
consistently".  We'll make a good "jump start" on that with the Mayor and
Manager tomorrow. 

Step #2 is realignment of old subcommittees and establishing new
subcommittees. This should be no surprise, as it is the basis on which I
offered my candidacy to Chair the committee: "I believe in teams. They can
be far more powerful than the sum of their individual contributors.".  That
can lead to getting many good things done without having too much discussion
that leads to inaction.  I'd like to propose two right away  - open source
(pilot) initiatives and community networking (wireless) initiatives.
Although included in the Infrastructure Subcommittee's strategic plan, these
areas are growing in activity and interest.  We could also consider having a
subcommittee for PR/communications.

We have new members who will need a subcommittee to team with, retiring
members whose subcommittee slots are vacant, and a new chair and vice chair
who may not be leading or permanently part of the individual subcommittees.
We need to discuss with who leads and serves on each one.  Looking forward,
I would hope the subcommittees would work toward goals and report progress
monthly. Frankly, I'm not sure I have a good record of what the existing
assignments are beyond the Infrastructure Subcommittee.

Interaction with the DEDC might be a separate subcommittee, if that's what
the TC decides, but I would start by proposing that it fits in with the
community networking subcommittee.
With Best Regards,
Gregg Gerdau
Chapel Hill Technology Committee
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office  650-302-3500
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