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Lee County Rescinds KAH Vote

Jason Parrott
Tri States Public Radio

Lee County wants to make sure it follows all rules and regulations in making a contribution to Keokuk Area Hospital.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors voted, 4-1, on Thursday, April 8 to give the hospital roughly $103,000.

The board followed that up, one week later, by voting unanimously to rescind that action.

County Attorney Mike Short had expressed concerns about how the April 8 vote was handled.  The supervisors added the vote to the agenda at the last minute without proper public notice.

Chairman Ernie Schiller said he wanted to rescind the April 8 vote to make sure the county's contribution to the hospital is properly done.

“I wanted to clear up any responsibility on our part that we might have violated the 24-hour notice.  Once that was cleared up, we could move forward," said Schiller.

The supervisors will hold a special meeting at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, April 17 to vote on a clean resolution.

"No one has indicated to me that they are changing their votes," said Schiller. "I have a feeling that it will go through."

This would be the second time Lee County has given Keokuk Area Hospital money in the last year.

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Schiller had previously opposed giving this hospital money, but changed his mind and voted in favor of the contribution on April 8.

He said he is sticking with his "yes" vote.

"I question that $100,000 will actually save a hospital in that much trouble, but I could be wrong," said Schiller.

The money from Lee County will be used to secure about $147,000 in federal money.

Jason Parrott is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.