January 10, 1985
=0: Basin Board Concept File
?R: L. M. Blain
RE: Basin Board Concept
In conversation with Jim Taft today, he said, "I'm still
upset about what they told me about this Board. Nobody told
me there was this much involvement, this much detail; would
require this much work. Bruce didn't tell me anything like
this and neither did anybody else. I probably won't be
confirmed by the Senate anyway."
I responded to Jim by telling him I thought the Board was
too involved in some of the administrative details which was
brought on by all the committee activity and which resulted
in requiring individual Board members to do far more
background reading to keep up with matters coming up before
committees upon which they were not members.
He said, "Yeah. That's exactly what I told them last
He then brought up the basin board matter, saying, "You take
all those guys on the basin board. They're all good
upstanding citizens, but they haven't met but once in six
months. I don't think they really had very much to do, but
the way they were treated was tacky. I still say that was
tacky the way they were treated. If they had been
approached to explain we needed some input and what kind of
input I think it would have been much better."
"We need lots of input. I'd like to have a developer I
could call on, a county commissioner I could call on, an
environmentalist I could call on, all kind of people to help
us make some of these decisions."
(This conversation took place during the noon break, apropo
of nothing. I spoke to him. He asked about the Vail trip
and then said, essentially, what is quoted above.)