BOAZ - A meeting on the possibility of the Boaz community joining Williamstown or incorporating has been set for November.
Mikael Wills, a Boaz resident, said the meeting set for 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Boaz Lions Club building is to determine what the community wants for the future.
"This is to get opinions on what we should do, if anything," he said Thursday. "The first thing we need to do is present ideas to citizens before doing anything."
Wills said options would include annexation by Williamstown or incorporating. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the Boaz area has 1,200 residents, he said.
"I have talked with (Williamstown) Mayor Jean Ford and Commissioner Blair Couch but the first thing we need to do is present this to residents before going further," he said. "Nothing will be done unless we have residents on board; they should be the ones to decide the future of their community."
Wills said he has been living in West Virginia for six years and has lived in Boaz for a little more than three years.
"I have a passion about Boaz and Wood County," he said. "I am very passionate about people and doing what's best for them."
Wills said before any movement toward annexation or incorporation starts, the community must be in agreement on what everybody wants.
Williamstown Mayor Jean Ford said while the city has annexed areas in the past, there has been no discussion by the city council on the issue concerning Boaz.
At this time, Ford said, the city has no official position on annexation of the area. Ford said she does not know if people of that area want to be part of the city.
"If several residents came to us and asked for us to meet with them it would be different," she said. "One time some of us were asked to come to a meeting on a similar proposal so we went and were booted out almost."
Ford said annexation would present a number of questions for Williamstown and would be more difficult than annexation of the Henderson Woods or The Silos subdivisions, which were adjacent to existing city limits when they were annexed.
"Boaz has their own water and sewer system through a public service district," she said. "There is a lot of distance between the areas. It would be a lot of work."
Ford said under state law the residents of an area to be annexed must be in agreement.
"We don't know of anyone is interested and I know several are not interested," she said.