[Chtechcomm] FW: Dissolving the Technology Committee?

Doug Noell dnoell at chccs.k12.nc.us
Fri Apr 7 14:09:28 EDT 2006


Gregg, etal,
As a member of the original CH Tech Committee, I've witnessed a significant decline in committee productivity over the last 1-2 years, primarily due
to the internal committee politics at most of the monthly meetings.  I grew tired of the endless debates between committee members and my interest in
attending the meetings dwindled.  

I applaud the efforts of Gregg and Alan to conduct business while maintaining order, but that was not necessary before.

As an IT Director and in my association with both the OC IT Committee and the CHCCS Technology Advisory Committee,  I believe that a newly formed
technology committee, while sanctioned by the governing board (School Board, Town Council, County Commissioners, etc.), should only provide direction
to the IT administration.  Undoubtedly this will lessen the concern for a representative of the governing board to attend the meetings, the political
strife between committee members and give the IT administrator a strong advisory group.

This approach has worked well in CHCCS and with the OC ITC.   It would be the only reason that I would get involved again.

-Doug


gregg at gdgerdau.com on Friday, April 07, 2006 at 10:46 AM -0500 wrote:
>Dear Technology Committee Members,
> 
>As most of you were aware prior to my announcement, I resigned as both Chair and Member of the Town's Technology Committee effective Tuesday, March
>28th.  I did so, recognizing that I could not devote even close to the amount of time required to align the Town Council, Town Staff and Technology
>Committee on the needs and benefits of developing and delivering a long term technology vision for Chapel Hill.  While I felt personally
>enthusiastic about our Town's future after the execution of a strong strategic plan, I recognize that vision in Chapel Hill is hopelessly myopic at
>the Council and Staff level.  Someone else, with far more time and patience than I have, can attempt to engage and develop all the political
>relationships required to achieve worthwhile technology results for the Town and its citizens.  Thank you for all of your support.  I'm done.
> 
>Yesterday's publication of Mayor Foy's petition to dissolve the Technology Committee is no surprise.  In my email exchange with Mark Kleinschmidt
>last Fall (copied below), he confirmed those discussions had apparently been going on for some time (several months prior to November 23, at
>least).  Technology Committee members will recall many of the events he refers to.  I'm trying to forget that I ever knew people whose full-time
>purpose was eviscerating the spirit of a remarkably talented and professional group of volunteer citizens who could have brought so much to the
>future of our Town.  In time, I hope I can eviscerate those memories.
> 
>I regret that Mark was unable to attend our regular meetings. We could have used his guidance, and he might have gained perspective and insight on
>what is possible from municipal technology as well.  I also regret that the Mayor, during our regular meeting of June 21, 2005, said
>he was unaware of the Strategic Plan documents that were presented to the Town Council on March 23, 2005.  Rather than demoralizing the entire
>Technology Committee by revealing that he had never read the works that we had labored so many hours to produce, he could have used their guidance
>for the benefit of everyone in Chapel Hill.  Too late now.
> 
>I further regret that Cal Horton offered his arcane, 5 year old memo at that same meeting to effectively stop all regular communications of the
>Technology Committee via e-mail.  How's that for progressive?  And, ultimately, I regret raising everyone's expectations by spending so much time
>and energy working with David Lawrence and Evelyn Daniel on the development of the Electronic Meetings Proposal, only to wait over four months for a
>positive decision by the Town Council, and then to have everyone on the Technology Committee receive a nakedly political letter from the Town
>Attorney that effectively blocked our testing of it.  No wonder we're seeing some "retirements".
> 
>The "elephant in the room" is Carolina North.  How can the Town Council appear to be technology friendly when one of the most important technology
>transfer efforts in our country is being continuously blocked and tackled by Council members who apparently need to show some ability to influence
>the University's use of the University's land to expand the University's technology transfer activities?  I have often wondered if Raleigh gave NC
>State such a hard time over Centennial Campus.  I regret not being able to get an appointment with Dan Reed to meet with his staff and the Downtown
>Partnership about partnering with the University to deliver wireless internet service.  I know he must be very busy too.  But it would have been a
>good conversation, I assure you.
> 
>Feel free to offer your suggestions on how we might be able to re-organize ourselves to more effectively "walk the talk" about the adoption of
>public technology in Chapel Hill.
> 
>With Best Regards,
> 
> 
>Gregg Gerdau
> 
> 
> 
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Mark Kleinschmidt [mailto:mark at CDPL.ORG] 
>Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2005 8:25 PM
>To: gregg at techcommittee.org
>Subject: RE: Dissolving the Technology Committee?
>
>
>
>
>I have heard this suggestion made, and was likely overheard expressing some thoughts about the idea.  I’d love to talk about it.  What is the state
>of inter-personal relationships on the committee?  Any positive feelings I may have expressed about the possibility were likely sourced in the
>problems you have spoken to me about in the past that had become well known in the last several months.   I spoke to Kevin once about it and we were
>at a loss as to how to solve the problems short of dissolution and re-constitution of the committee.  I have heard that the problems you had been
>concerned with may no longer be present.
>
> 
>
>I’m typing with 1 hand for a few days so this is hard for me 2 do over email
>
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>
>
>Mark J. Kleinschmidt 
>
>Staff Attorney Center for Death Penalty Litigation
>
>201 W. Main St., Suite 301, Durham 27701 (919) 956-9545 (919) 956-9547 (f)
>
>
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Gregg Gerdau [mailto:gregg at techcommittee.org] 
>Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 10:26 PM
>To: Mark Kleinschmidt
>Subject: Dissolving the Technology Committee?
>
> 
>
>Mark,
>
> 
>
>I understand that you and Laurin Easthom have publicly discussed dissolving the Technology Committee.  Since you have not discussed that possibility
>with me, this information comes as an embarrassing surprise.  When can we spend some time to understand what your objectives are?  As our Town
>Council Liaison, I have always been open and honest with you.  I expect the same in return.
>
> 
>
>With Best Regards,
>
> 
>
>Gregg
>
> 
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>
>Gregg Gerdau
>
>Chair
>
>Citizens Technology Committee
>
>Town of Chapel Hill
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