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Port Huron to buy new multi-use truck for $228,000

Photo courtesy of Freightliner.com A Freightliner 108SD, similar to the one purchased by the city of Port Huron.

By Jim Bloch

It’s not cheap to take care of a city.

The Port Huron city council unanimously approved the purchase of a new dump truck for a total of $227,637 from two separate contractors.

The council took the action at its regular meeting Sept. 12.

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“It comes in two parts,” said City Manager James Freed, as heard on the recording of the meeting posted on the city’s website. “One, you buy the truck and chassis and then you do a second bid for the dump, salt spreader and hydraulic system, which is typical.”

The city will purchase a 2024 chassis — SA Freightliner 108SD, 9L Cummins — from Wolverine Freightliner-Eastside, Inc., of Mount. Clemens for $104,322.

From Truck & Trailer Specialties, Inc. of Howell, the city will spend $123,315 “for the up-fit of the chassis, which includes the purchase and installation of a Crysteel 11’ Select Dump Body, a Monroe 11’ Dual Auger V-Box Salt Spreader, under body snow plow, front and rear hitch, lighting and electrical and all required appurtenances.”

The prices represented low-bids: The chassis through the Rochester Hills Municipal Cooperative Purchasing Program and the up-fit component through the state’s MiDEAL program.

“This is not just a plow truck for the wintertime — it is used year-round for a host of public works activities,” said Freed. 

The city is replacing a 2008 Sterling L-7500 equipped with an 11foot dump body. 

“This unit is used mainly by the Streets Division of the Public Works Department,” said City Manager James Freed in his memo to Mayor Pauline Repp and the council. “The vehicle is used year around to pull asphalt repair equipment, transport debris from asphalt repairs, fill material for asphalt repairs, sand, gravel, concrete barriers, pull the rapid response trailers for road closures during police emergencies, special events and other scheduled traffic control needs. Also, during the winter months this unit is utilized as a snow plow and salter as a first responder during snow emergencies. In addition, other City Departments also utilize this vehicle to fill in when extra equipment is needed or when another unit is out of service for repair or maintenance. The dump body and salt equipment have been in service for 14 years and is in very rough condition. Due to the age and condition of this unit, breakdowns and parts availability have become an issue.”

The purchase was budgeted and will come out of the city’s motor vehicle fund which had $795,000 in it before the purchase.

The city will take possession of the truck sometime next year.

“That’s how far this is jammed up in the system,” said Freed.

Jim Bloch is a freelance writer based in St. Clair, Michigan. Contact him at bloch.jim@gmail.com.

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