Robert L. Wright's suit against Orem was dismissed Aug. 14 - right after he withdrew his complaint.
Wright had filed July 26 with 4th District Court, arguing that Orem was going ahead with plans to purchase land for a golf course and develop it without asking voters what their wishes were. Filing the suit cost him $100.Wright contended that secret meetings had been going on and funds for a municipal golf course committed without the benefit of public scrutiny.
He presented a petition to the council July 25, bearing 3,188 signatures representing Orem's 50 voting districts. Wright said all of the signers wanted the issue put to a public vote.
Orem officials told Wright several times in public meetings that while the need for a golf course has often been discussed, no taxpayer money was committed behind closed doors for a specific venture.
Feasibility study funds were authorized in open meetings as have been monies for the purchase of plots that could be developed into parks or a golf course if later designated. Orem City Attorney Paul Johnson said the suit didn't get Wright anywhere because no injunction was granted, "and that's what he wanted."
Johnson said the city responded to Wright's last transmission to the court with a document that said "we think this is a motion to dismiss" without conceding that there was anything amiss.
District Judge Ray Harding dismissed the case after Wright said, "In light of these revelations of truth in a public meeting, in response to the major effort put forth to secure signatures from each of the 50 Orem City voting districts by a citizens petition, we feel our objective has been met and withdraw the suit."
Wright referred to a meeting of the Orem City Council where Wright said the council agreed that if the city decided to go ahead with a municipal golf course, the issue would be put on a ballot.