The Utah State Centennial Commission has approved a policy for licensing the state's centennial logo.
Now, the commission wants the Legislature to approve a full-time staff member to head the organization and handle day-to-day affairs. Included in that effort would be negotiations with vendors wanting to use the logo that was selected last year.The commission was authorized by the Legislature in 1989 to begin organizing the state's centennial celebration slated for 1996. To date, all staff support has come from the Utah Division of State History.
Division director Max Evans, a non-voting member of the commission, said a number of vendors have expressed interest in using the logo. The lack of a policy has prevented negotiations with those vendors.
The policy basically requires vendors to return 10 percent of the gross sales to the commission. Evans said the policy would allow departure from that percentage in limited cases.
Proceeds from the licensed products and sale of a state centennial automobile license plate, will be used to finance commission operations through 1996 and events during a planned 18-month observance from Jan. 4, 1996, the state's 100th birthday, to July 24, 1997, the 150-year anniversary of the Mormon pioneers' entrance into the Salt Lake Valley.
In other business, the commission heard a proposal from Gary Marx to operate a centennial locomotive.
Marx, representing the Utah Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society, said his group hopes to win approval from Salt Lake City officials to renovate Engine 833, which is currently in Pioneer Park. A string of cars with exhibits tied to the state's centennial celebration would be hauled to various locations around Utah by the renovated locomotive.
Marx said a more definitive proposal would be brought for commission consideration if the group is successful in gaining permission to renovate the engine.