Lee County Board of Supervisors votes on Keokuk Area Hospital funding

The Lee County Board of Supervisors voted to reinstate funding for the Keokuk Area Hospital after nearly three hours of discussion Thursday morning.

A potential open meetings issue caused the Supervisors to rescind approval of nearly $103,000 in emergency funding to the often-struggling southeast Iowa medical center.

The supervisors initially approved the funding April 8, but the county attorney said the vote was improper because it was added to the agenda at the last minute.

Board Chairman Ernie Schiller asked the board to rescind its vote to ensure it was done in accordance with the law.

The measure passed 4-1, with District 1 Supervisor Ron Fedler casting the only "no" vote.

The funding matches a similar request from the hospital that was approved by the Keokuk City Council.

The hospital will use the money to secure a federal grant.