We’re Working On It

The more I read about what other Essex County municipalities are doing, the more I get pissed. Leamington dipped into their reserves and got a Trillium Grant to build an amphitheatre. Kingsville continues to build more houses and are looking forward to hosting the Folk Festival.

Amherstburg, which to my understanding, was and could still be in a bad financial way, is buying a school to possibly use for a seniors centre.

And then there is Essex.

We have a new pizza restaurant; our eighth. We are building a pavilion by the train station and a splash pad, which is about three years overdue.

Now, I know we are in a unique situation with four communities to keep happy; Colchester, Harrow, McGregor, and Essex. But, come on, let’s start moving.

There is always talk about this is in the works, and that is in the works, but I am still waiting for something big, like an amphitheatre so the Sheep Dogs can perform and bring thousands into town. Or, a folk festival. Or either buy the damn Harrow High School or get off the pot.

Where is the fourth director at town hall that CAO Donna Hunter talked about in 2017? Trust me. While would be an expense, it just might free up some others to think outside the box and put us in line with our neighbours.

Do you want to know why we’ve got a subdivision out on Highway 3 which has been sitting there for several years? It continues to change ownership and nothing happens because everyone is heading to Kingsville.

The sign at the new sports field sure is pretty. I bet the damn paint peels off before a shovel hits the ground.

So what to do?

Stop filing reports under the Who Really Cares column and do something. Dip into the reserves like our neighbours are doing and make something, anything, happen.

Perhaps we should invest in a new welcome sign that reads, “Welcome to Essex, be patient, we are working on it.”

About the Author

Fred Groves
Formerly with the Essex Free Press, Fred Groves is a local journalist and the author of Rising from the Rubble, the story of the 1980 explosion which leveled the town, and of Homeless Not Hopeless, an in depth look at five people living on the streets of Windsor and how they turned heir lives around.Email Fred Groves.