Hospital initiates annexation plan

    The city of Decatur will grow by approximately 140 acres if action taken by the Adams Health Network Board of Trustees is approved by governmental officials.
    The trustees unanimously adopted a voluntary petition for annexation prepared by hospital attorney Adam Miller that would shift property — including the ground the hospital and Adams Woodcrest occupy — to be within the city limits instead of being rural property.
    Miller pointed out the immediate benefit for the hospital would be the reduction of water rates. Even though the hospital and Adams Woodcrest currently use city water, they are charged a higher rate than are city residents. That rate would fall should the annexation be approved. Miller estimated the hospital would realize a savings of between $5,000-$6,000 per month under the new agreement.
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