On August 11, 2000, the Steering Committee held its final meeting. The Committee reviewed the results of Summit II and discussed the local response to the proposed resolution. Aided by a facilitator and technical staff from LCRA, the Committee drafted preliminary goals and objectives to aid in the formation of the Coalition. These goals and objectives will be sent forward to the new Executive Committee formed by elected officials representing the local communities who have adopted the resolution. The goals and objectives will be reviewed and refined by the Executive Committee at its first meeting on September 28, 2000. Upon approval by the Executive Committee, they will be submitted to the Technical Committees for use in the drafting of the Coalition Charter, other recommendations, and technical support documents.
During its final planning session, the Steering Committee was asked to define general goals, brainstorm multiple objectives, and discuss possible tools to be considered by the Coalition. By definition, the goals are general statements that address the problems identified by the planning group. These goals must be achievable. In this case, the Steering Committee identified several goals which could be accomplished quickly by the Coalition and several which would take years to achieve completely.
The objectives, on the other hand, are intended to be more specific action-items. The objectives are statements of recommended results from the operations of the Coalition. Each objective should satisfy the general desire expressed in at least one goal statement.
The Steering Committee divided the objectives up into four areas of emphasis:
- emergency management
The Executive Committee and Technical Committees will be asked to add and/or delete from the preliminary list of objectives in order to define the objectives which best will satisfy the goal statements.
A third necessary element in the planning process is the brainstorming and identification of potential tools which could be used by the Coalition and individual members of the Coalition to implement the agreed upon objectives. These tools can be human, financial and technical resources, existing institutional programs, and current partnership arrangements in other local, state or federal programs, etc. The Steering Committee agreed to leave the discussion of potential Coalition tools to the Executive and Technical Committees.
The goals and objectives of the Coalition as determined by the Steering Committee and adopted by the Executive Committee are contained here. These goals and objectives were drafted to reflect the needs of the proposed communities as expressed during the Summits and the mini-summits. Each of the goals addresses a problem identified by the communities to the Steering Committee.
The main accomplishment of Summit II was to reach a consensus among participants to continue the process initiated by the Steering Committee and work together to form a Coalition of local governments. To this end, the Steering Committee provided a formal mechanism for communities to pledge their support of the concept and initiated several working committees to continue the process towards establishment of a regional floodplain management entity.