Alarms to improve emergency response at Youngstown Waste Water Plant

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown city leaders will soon have new safety equipment in place at the city’s Waste Water Treatment Plant to alert workers in emergencies.

The city will spend about $48,000 to buy and install a new alarm system for the plant on Poland Avenue to sound when there’s a chemical leak, like the one that evacuated the plant in May 2015.

At that time, there was no way to warn people in all of the buildings on the property. The new system would correct that and resolve a dispute with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which came out of that chlorine spill.

Also on Thursday, the Youngstown Board of Control signed off on agreements with the Mahoning County Engineer and Boardman Township Road Department to purchase road sale under the same price that the city will buy its salt this winter. This is the second time the city has joined forces with its neighboring governments to do this, and the deal allows all three entities to buy salt at about $51 a ton whenever they need it.