The Aberdeen City Council approved bids Monday for a water storage tank and the purchase of three vehicles under the city's contract to provide water to Aberdeen Proving Ground.

City Manager Doug Miller brought up two budget items during Monday's council meeting.


The first was the bid of $1,898,160 to erect a 500,000-gallon water tank to increase water storage capability for APG. CBI, Inc. was the winning bidder.

The second was a request to purchase three one-ton pickup trucks with extended cabs and snowplows for $43,580 each. The winning compliant bidder was Apple Ford.

Both purchases will be fully funded by Aberdeen Proving Ground under the water service contract. They were approved in a 3-0 vote. Council members Bruce Garner and Ruth Elliott were absent.

Mayor Mike Bennett and city council members Ruth Ann Young and Sandra Landbeck also voted favorably on amendments to the city's building construction standards. The amendments include language correctly referencing the city, appropriate city departments and officials.

The council also voted 3-0 to approve the purchase of a leaf vacuum truck for $140,414 from Virginia Truck Center, based on a recommendation from Public Works Director Matt Lapinsky.

"Merry Christmas, and you're not getting anything else," Young jokingly told Lapinsky after the vote, drawing laughs and a "thank you" from Lapinsky.

The council also voted 3-0 to give Aberdeen Planning Commission member Mark Schlottman another five-year term.