Sedalia Mayor John Kehde has recommended that he, along with City Administrator Kelvin Shaw, be added to the Bothwell Regional Health Center Board of Trustees.

The announcement was made at Monday night's City Council meeting and was approved with six yes votes. Councilwoman Megan Page voted against it, while Councilwoman JoLynn Turley was absent Monday night.

Mayor Kehde indicated he and other staff members have been trying to bring the relationship between the City and Bothwell closer and achieve a bigger picture of the hospital's operations.

"The goal is to better coordinate services and become more integrated in their approach to providing a complete set of desired services that covers the gamut of citizens' needs," according to the Council's Nov. 19 agenda. Long-range planning for the hospital is also a concern for the Mayor.

The addition of Kehde and Shaw will increase the number of hospital trustees from 9 to 11, it was noted.

A sunset clause date of April 30, 2020 was added to the ordinance. This will allow for Council to review the situation prior to sunset and make recommendations as to whether to continue with 11 members or revert back to nine.

Randy Kirby