Youngstown council votes to keep heat supplier for now

Youngstown City Council voted Wednesday to keep Youngstown Thermal in charge of the heating and cooling at City Hall

The city is questioning Youngstown Thermal's reliability.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown City Council voted Wednesday to keep Youngstown Thermal in charge of the heating and cooling at City Hall.

The city was considering turning over operations to with the Brewer-Garret Company from Middleburg Heights to make improvements and upgrades in the system.

Finance Director Dave Bozanich recommended council go with Brewer-Garret to redo the heating, cooling and lighting systems in five city buildings.

Youngstown Thermal has been supplying steam heat to the downtown area for 120 years, but the company’s reliability and viability came into question. Bozanich worried about the company’s 2013 bankruptcy filing and the stability of the company.

The company’s CEO, Carl Avers, told council that over $250 million, some private and some government money, will be spend to upgrade his plant.

Youngstown State University dropped Youngstown Thermal over the summer, but Avers said that was because of a piping issue, not his company.

Some council members say they could still decide on a change in the near future.

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