The McPherson County Commission unanimously approved at its meeting Tuesday a measure to forgive an outstanding balance of $2,394.63 owed to the McPherson County Health Department.

The McPherson County Commission unanimously approved at its meeting Tuesday a measure to forgive an outstanding balance of $2,394.63 owed to the McPherson County Health Department. The bad debt comes in the form of uncollected bills owed by individual clients. A large portion of the funding for the county health department comes from a federal grant for family planning, totaling about $35,000. As a condition of the grant, patients’ ability to pay cannot be a barrier to receive services. “The grants encourage patients to use services they otherwise wouldn’t have,” said Fern Hess, health department director. The debt forgiven comes from the June 30 bad debt list. In other business: • Tom Kramer, public works director, requested permission to purchase a new power broom, used to clean county streets. Currently, the department owns an older model and rents a newer model for about $22.19 per hour. Commissioner Ron Loomis expressed a desire to see the current model’s operating costs, and compare it to the operating costs of the proposed new model. The county commission opted to postpone a decision on the proposal until next Tuesday. • The county commission unanimously allowed Tom Kramer to advertise for road maintenance materials bids, both aggregates and aggregate hauling. The materials will be used for roadway maintenance in 2013.