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Save Carrboro Green Spaces

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Dear Google: To preserve the tranquility of the cemetery meadow on Fidelity Street, please relocate your Carrboro hub to the OWASA water plant on Jones Ferry Road.

Dear Aldermen:  To respect the solemnity of the town cemetery by preventing further utilitarian functions from intruding into the only public green space south of Main Street, please designate the cemetery meadow as a 'Quiet Green Space’. 

What's Up:  Google Fiber will provide valuable residential internet service to our community. But it pushed the Town of Carrboro to move fast in 2015 when they were nominating town-owned sites for Google's internet relay facility.  So there was no public input.  On the list, Town Hall included a site in the cemetery's woods on Fidelity Street (near the Farmer's Market).  This April not even neighbors knew what would happen until just days before.

Very Poor Site Choice:  The town-owned meadow between these woods and the graves is a gem of a green space in the densest part of town. All of the parks in Carrboro are on the other side of Main. This hub's cooling gear will be heard in the meadow and at some graves. Its back-up generator will be tested weekly.
    If the public had given input, the advantages of the already-industrial OWASA site next door would have become known in 2015:  It is fenced and manned 24/7, less vulnerable to wildfires, and its backup power is more robust. This will be important in the future when the 10,000 homes serviced are fully internet-dependent (e.g. for 911 calls).
    For speed, Google Fiber's policies allow only directly town-owned sites to be nominated. A hub has been built in a park in Raleigh. Google Fiber will tend to often use parkland and green spaces, especially from the humbler and the most central (densest) parts of towns.

Please Sign Now! OWASA offered to talk in April, but Google hasn't been willing to listen:  It accelerated construction.  It hasn't yet installed the network fibers, and so this hub can still be easily moved.  Google is now the most richly valued corporation. The cost of this change to it is a cup of coffee to them. If Google had cared about our community’s interests and had allowed time for public input, then this cemetery location would not have been picked.


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