YORKVILLE – Four new members were appointed to the Kendall County Board of Health during this week's County Board meeting.
The Kendall County Board voted, 9-0, to appoint Carlo Colosimo, Karen Kelly, Gabriella Shanahan and Jay DeMarco – who is replacing health board member Christina Cooper – to the Board of Health for 3 year terms each, which all expire in July 2023, during the County Board's July 7 meeting. County Board member Elizabeth Flowers voted present, as her appointment to the county's Historic Preservation Commission for a one year term also was part of the vote.
Kendall County Board Chairman Scott Gryder said DeMarco was considered for an appointment because he is a restaurant owner within the county. He owns Kennedy Pointe in Bristol, Pearce's Pub & Grille in Oswego and Roadhouse Rte 47 in Yorkville.
Gryder said DeMarco is familiar with what the health department does as an area restaurant owner.
“I thought it would be good to have that insight and mindset from the environmental side of it,” Gryder said.
Gryder said Shanahan currently serves on the county's 708 Mental Health Board and Kelly, who has a master's degree in public health, is a registered dietitian. He said Colosimo, who more recently was a Yorkville alderman, also has served on public boards in the past.
“He certainly understands how to read a public budget,” Gryder said.
Gryder said he did not consult with current health board president Dr. John Palmer about the appointments.
The new appointments to the health board come as Kendall County Board also voted on Tuesday to approve a motion to abolish the board of directors for the county's tuberculosis care and treatment fund and, as a result, increased the county’s Board of Health total membership from eight members to 11. The county's tuberculosis board has not met since November 2018, according to the Kendall County Health Department calendar.