Is the town of Essex, in the middle of Essex County, about to build a wall around itself, akin to the one famed American President-elect Donald Trump wants between his country and Mexico? The wall, of course, is figurative, but the rhetoric from town councillor Larry Snively seems real enough.
The former mayor of Essex now represents the hamlet of Colchester South.
At a recent council meeting, the erudite Snively alerted his peers to a discovery he made. He had observed workers from afar conducting business in his domain.
Snively called for a full examination of the situation. Minutes of the December 5 council meeting show him presenting a motion to have town administrators delve into this tempest in his teapot, particularly the, “… procedures on how the Town distributes and awards work on infrastructure work projects that do not require a formal tender.”
According to the motion, which did not have a noted seconder, the results of this investigation will be provided to the council at a later day.
It seems as plain as night is dark. Snively is a protectionist and wants a Donald Trump wall, but a legislated one, around his neck of the woods.
If such an imaginary, legally enforced barrier is erected, workers from unsuspecting places like Amherstburg, Lakeshore, and Kingsville, the equally tiny towns are abutting neighbours, along with contractors and trades mercenaries from other nooks and crannies, would end their role as interlopers.
No longer could they drop in to see what condition the town is in and help restore it to a better condition.
No doubt the motivation guiding Snively is to have them barred so they would be no longer be ready, able, and willing to take work away from his good denizens.
Indeed, what might pass for trades people, with addresses on their vehicle’s side doors suggesting they have journeyed from as far as Windsor, have been seen traversing the town’s streets. In particularly, observant observers of such things have actually spotted a van or two parked, or driving, through the drive-through of the local Tim’s.
One of the things Essex has to its credit is an outpost of the famed beverage company Pepsi-Cola. It actually started as a local enterprise known, as the Globe and Mail reported January 19, 2011, “Maedel Beverages in 1908, which originally bottled seltzer in its Essex, Ont., plant and later produced Whistle, Pure Spring and later Pepsi products, delivering them in a Model AA Ford.”
No doubt Maedel’s founder, Charles Maedel, made his mark selling his bubbly bottled goods all over the county and beyond.
If Snively is able to convince his counterparts on council to set the town up as an island unto itself, would this deed be punished by its neighbours having no truck with businesses in Essex?
Protectionism can do that.