DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Not everyone wants the city of Dunbar to annex several nearby communities.
Institute resident Donna Willis spoke out against the plan, which would bring West Dunbar, Institute and Pinewood into the city limits. She said the plan isn't in the best interest of residents.
"I only feel that it's righteous and fair that those who do not agree with it get a chance to speak," Willis said. "We have existed for over 120 years; we have done so as good neighbors."
She accused Citizens for Positive Change, the group that presented the petition for annexation, of having its "own agenda." She said the petition has "torn our town apart."
Mayor Jack Yeager pointed out the city has only accepted the petition and hasn't begun to count to see if it represents the majority of residents living in Institute, West Dunbar and Pinewood.
"Whether it represents the majority of people or not, we won't know until we count," he said.
Afterward Willis told the Daily Mail that the citizens of Institute received a "slap in the face" from the city of Dunbar by accepting a petition that is "disrespectful in its form, in its nature, and what it wants."
She claims Citizens for Positive Change is a "secret organization" that was formed confidentially and has plans to "take over the town of Dunbar."
Howard Thompson of West Dunbar also has issues with the annexation, claiming that the petition is not representative of the whole community and is based on maps and census information that are out of date.
The city of Dunbar is conducting a study of the information presented in the petition and will decide whether to move forward with annexation.
In other business, city council voted unanimously to accept the second reading of three amendments to city ordinances that go into effect 30 days from passage.