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The once-strained relationship between the Utah Sports Authority and the Salt Lake Bid Committee for the Olympic Winter Games has been sorted out in a document approved by state and local officials.

Gov. Norm Bangerter and former Salt Lake Mayor Palmer DePaulis met several times with representatives of both organizations to come up with the 21/2-page memo made public Wed-nes-day.Dated Dec. 20, 1991, the memo contains "some subtle changes" that may require legislative action, according to Randy Dryer, chairman of the Sports Authority.

For example, state law now requires the Sports Authority - created to spend the $56 million in sales tax dollars set aside to build Olympic sports facilities - to oversee the privately funded bid committee's budget.

But thanks to a reorganization last year that was helped along by the governor, the bid committee is now watched over by some of the state's top executives.

"Now that the governor has his new lean and mean bid committee . . . the Sports Authority has no interest in second guessing them or looking over their shoulders," Dryer said.

The legislation will be drafted within a week or so, Dryer said, so it can be introduced by a still-to-be determined sponsor during the 1991 Legislature that begins meeting on Monday.

More important than the "subtle changes" is the new attitude of cooperation between the Sports Authority and the bid committee that those changes reflect.

Dryer reminded members of the Sports Authority before they approved the memo Wednesday that "there has been some confusion and lack of clarity with respect to the Sports Authority's oversight responsibilities."

That confusion over control was worsened by friction between the previous Sports Authority chairman, Ian Cumming, and the head of the bid committee, Tom Welch.

Cumming resigned from the Sports Authority after the process was under way to iron out their differences and a number of questions about the future of the bid effort.

The resulting memo tackles such issues as who would run the 2002 Winter Games. If Utah is selected to host the Olympics, the bid committee will become the organizing committee.

The organizing committee will have to repay the $56 million used to build the Olympic facilities and use "excess Games revenues" to help operate and maintain them.

The Sports Authority, however, will continue to be responsible for "the siting, construction, ownership and management of facilities." Not so clearly spelled out is who will market the facilities.

The memo states that, "to the extent possible, promotional activities for the use of the facilities will be conducted by (unnamed) private organizations under contract with the Sports Authority."

"It's a philosophical issue, whether the state should be involved in promoting private sporting events," Dryer said. Under Cumming, the Sports Authority was rumored to be interested in taking over that responsibility.

The bid committee's spending habits would only come under scrutiny if tax dollars are involved. The governor and mayor are given the authority to approve the budget for the Winter Games.

The memo reiterates that none of the sales tax revenue set aside by voters in the 1989 Olympic referendum can be used to help woo the Winter Games, however. Dryer said none has been.