Akron City Council voted today to put an issue on the November ballot that would donate the downtown steam and cooling RES plant to Akron Children’s Hospital.
Council President Gary Moneypenny spoke with AkronNewsNow and said the meeting was heated.
"There were question asked, which I thought were all very good questions" said Moneypenny. "Yeah there was some heated arguments going back and fourth."
The vote was 12-1, with Councilman Bruce Kilby casting the lone no vote.
"Children's Hospital is definitely in the need of a backup heating unit for their facility. They asked us if we would consider donating it to them and thats what we were voting on today" said Moneypenny.
Mayor Plusquellic wants to donate the aging steam system to Children’s, which would then find an operator for the plant.
Money Penny says "We do know that the business community is going to come forward in supporting this issue. This is a facility that since 2007 has been losing money."
Hospital officials have said they need assurances that the system can continue to meet the heating needs for the hospital’s expanding campus in the future.
Under its charter, the city can’t sell any public-owned utility to another operator or enter a long-term operational lease without voter approval.