Reynoldsburg City Council voted unanimously Monday, March 28, to approve Mayor Brad McCloud's appointment of Elmer "Mark" C. Vogt to be the city's new director of engineering.

Reynoldsburg City Council voted unanimously Monday, March 28, to approve Mayor Brad McCloud's appointment of Elmer "Mark" C. Vogt to be the city's new director of engineering.

Vogt's appointment is effective April 18 at a starting salary of $60,000.

The vote was 5-0 with council members Fred Deskins and Leslie Kelly both absent.

Current safety service director Jim Miller said while he will still be handling all of the in-house engineering work, Vogt's main responsibilities will include construction administrator and inspection.

Specifically, Miller said, Vogt will be mainly out in the field, overseeing the city's various projects, including this year's street program, storm water projects and the Summit Road reconstruction project.

"It's a very sophisticated, complex, unique job that takes a level of professionalism and he's going to help us out tremendously," Miller said. "He's an extremely well-qualified individual and Reynoldsburg is fortunate to have such a strong, talented individual in that position."

Miller has been both director of engineering and safety-service director since January, when former safety-service director Pam Boratyn resigned to work as general counsel with the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

He recommended Vogt to McCloud.

"I compare it to winning the lottery," he said. "I don't think I could find a more qualified, well-adjusted, well-trained, well-educated and experienced individual to do that job," Miller said. "I was flattered when he said he wanted to work for us."

In other business Monday, council approved three ordinances authorizing the purchase of three new trucks, one each for the water department, the wastewater department and the storm water department. They will replace vehicles that are at least 12 years old; Miller said one truck is nearly 17 years old.

Including trade-in value per truck, the water department will receive a 2011 Ford F-250 at a cost of $26,513; the wastewater department will receive a 2011 Ford F-550 that will cost $37,414; and the storm water department will receive a 2011 Ford F-450 at a cost of $48,124.

Miller said the issue is not necessarily the mileage but because of wear and tear on the trucks.

"They never left town, but in almost every case, particularly the street department truck, the motors are still good but everything else was just rusting apart and falling off," Miller said.

He said the vehicles should be delivered in the next two or three months.