City council discusses energy efficiency of downtown building

The Energy Special Improvement District would be specific to what is currently the Stambaugh building in Youngstown

Council members discussed energy efficiency in downtown Youngstown.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown City Council met Wednesday evening to discuss energy efficiency and the new trash collection system.

A lack of members forced the city to send to a second reading an ordinance to create an Energy Special Improvement District downtown. The district would be specific to what is currently the Stambaugh building, but will soon be a DoubleTree Hotel.

Creating the district would allow NYO Property Group to borrow $3.8 million to make the building energy efficient.

It’s a federal program with competitive fixed interest rates and payments that come from energy savings assessments.

Mayor John McNally also discussed how the city’s new garbage collection program is going.

“The gentlemen who we brought on, many of them from Waste Management, have sort of jumped right in and they’re driving leased trucks right now,” he said. “Their jobs haven’t changed, their routes haven’t changed, the days they’re picking up on routes haven’t changed.”

McNally says they’ve had only one complaint so far from someone who said their house or street was missed.

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