Voters to decide on steam plant owner

September 03, 2013

City leaders want to give Akron's troubled steam and chilled water system to Children's Hospital. At a special meeting on Friday afternoon, Council approved placing the required charter amendment to make the donation on the November ballot. Children's Hospital is the largest of about 60 users of the city's steam system and wants the plant to guarantee dependable supply. If voters reject the donation, hospital officials said they will build their own plant and quit buying steam and chilled water from the city. The Recycle Energy System (RES) plant operates in the red. The city has had to provide $28 million is subsidies for plant operations over the past six years. If voters approve the donation, the hospital plans to find an operator to maintain and run the system. 

Aug 30, 2013 from Akron City Council on Vimeo.