Sammons Point, Illinois
Sammons Point is a village in Otto Township in south central Kankakee County, Illinois, United States. It had an estimated population of 305 in 2007. Initially incorporated as a village on March 21, 2006, it was disincorporated on August 8, 2007, and incorporated again on February 5, 2008.
Sammons Point was first created in an effort to fend off the proposed expansion of the Waste Management Corporation's landfill. In March 2006, an incorporation election took place with 82 people (66.7%) voting in favor of the measure and 41 (33.3%) voting against.
Waste Management, which owned land within the new village, wanted all of their land to be unincorporated and under the jurisdiction of the Kankakee County Board instead of Sammons Point. They challenged the validity of the election in court, claiming that its organizers had not followed proper procedures when presenting their original incorporation petitions. The Circuit Court sided with Sammons Point, but Waste Management prevailed in a June 2007 appeal to the Third Appellate Court in Ottawa. A bid by the village for new hearing on the case was denied on August 8, 2007 and Sammons Point was formally disbanded on September 13.
Soon after, efforts to reincorporate the community were revived. A new incorporation election was held on February 5, 2008 with 87 votes (57.2%) cast in favor of reestablishing the village and 65 (42.8%) opposed. Approximately 76 percent of eligible voters participated in the election.
In August 2006, Mike Watson was named as the village's first mayor by a local court order. Six members were also appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees. They were Stephen Schuricht, Paul Gray, Robert Keller, Budd Meents, Clifford Schroeder and James Turner. Patrick Buescher was appointed to serve as village clerk. They held those positions until municipal elections were conducted in April 2007. In that poll, all of the appointed officials were formally elected. These positions were abolished on September 13, 2007, when Sammons Point was ordered to disband.
Nearly four months after the February 5, 2008 incorporation vote, Circuit Court Judge James B. Kinzer restored Mike Watson to his previous post as mayor. He also named four former village officials and two who had opposed incorporation to the new Board of Trustees. They were Paul Becker, Pat Buescher, Bill Graham, Robert Keller, Budd Meents, and Stephen Schuricht. Becker and Graham were members of the "Concerned Citizens of Otto Township," a group that opposed incorporation for the village. The next round of municipal elections is scheduled to take place in April 2009.
According to the 2010 census, Sammons Point has a total area of 1.82 square miles (4.71 km2), all land.
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