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Port Huron to buy new Kubota ATV for McMorran Plaza

A Kubota model RTV-X 1100CW ATV similar to the one that the Port Huron is purchasing.

By Jim Bloch

McMorran Place employees will soon be zipping around on a new Kubota All Terrain Vehicle.

The Port Huron City Council voted unanimously at its regular meeting Oct. 10 to spend $25,698 for the machine, sold by Jones Equipment Rental, Fort Gratiot, the sole bidder.

“This was bid out even though we only received a single bid,” said City Manager James Freed, as heard on the recording of the meeting posted on the city’s website. “It is relatively competitive with the Kubota we purchased for the cemetery about two years ago. It’s a little bit higher, but still within reason given the current market conditions. It will be nice to have a heavy duty vehicle for Blue Water Fest and the numerous festivals and car shows we have where we’re lugging things around. It will be nice to have an extra vehicle in the fleet.

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The orange Kubota is a model RTV-X 1100CW ATV.

“With the new plaza and forthcoming outdoor ice rink, there is a need for a heavy duty vehicle to assist with moving plaza furniture, trash clean-up, entertainment needs, and outdoor ice rink supplies,” said Freed in his memo to Mayor Pauline Repp and the council. “Additional criteria includes plow for snow removal, enclosed cab, turf tires, and hydraulic cargo box. These additional features will suit the needs of McMorran for outdoor use of this all-terrain vehicle.”

Council member Terri Lamb asked if the vehicle will be purchased new.

Yes, said Freed.

Council member Anita Ashford said she had visited the renovated plaza numerous times since it opened this summer and had often seen employees hauling plants and other sizeable objects on a golf cart. She called the Kubota purchase “needed.”

Jim Bloch is a freelance writer based in St. Clair, Michigan. Contact him at

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