There is some apprehension among members of the Keokuk City Council when it comes to supporting the local hospital.
Keokuk Area Hospital continues to face an uncertain future due to its financial instability.
The hospital says it is reimbursed about 75% of the money spent on care and services. That is due to a number of factors, including a large number of low income clients and the formula for state and/or federal reimbursements.
Patrolman Robb Bell is a native of Hamilton who graduated from Hamilton High School. He joined his hometown police department in Sept. 2005 after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and with several other local law enforcement agencies.
After 6 ½ years on the force, Bell is in line for a big promotion. He will take over as Police Chief on July 1, 2012.
Bell will replace Walt Sellens, who is retiring after 35-years with the department. Sellens served as a patrolman and a sergeant before becoming chief in 1986.