BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — A Boiling Spring Lakes city leader called a special council meeting today after he says he received important information about the fire department.
Mayor Pro Tem Charlie Carroll said the department was not honest when it got council to donate money for a piece of equipment. Others said that’s not the case.
Wednesday’s special meeting all came down to this: how many cameras did the Boiling Spring Lakes Fire Department plan on purchasing, and where was that funding coming from?
“We were given, what I believe, was misinformation, and I think it was intentional,” Carroll said.
Carroll says when the fire department asked for money for a thermal imaging camera, it failed to mention a $4,000 donation from the ladies auxiliary.
“If they have $4,000 in there in their pocket, that they know about, and they don’t share that with us, they are not being forthcoming,” Carroll said.
Carroll called for a special council meeting to reveal the information, but other members of council and Fire Chief Chris Grace were not sure they needed to meet.
“I don’t understand the need for them to know whoever is buying us something,” Grace said.
Grace says he’s been trying for months to get two cameras for the department.
Commissioner Craig Caster says he does not feel misled by anything the department said.
“The city was voting on one camera,” Caster said. “What else the fire department does is really none of the city’s responsibility.”
In the end, commissioners voted to uphold their decision to make a $5,500 donation to the volunteer fire department. Like the first time around, Carroll voted no.
Carroll said even if he’d voted yes to begin with, he still would have wanted the meeting.
“Yeah, I had to think about that. Yes, because we were here today because we were given information that was withheld from us,” Carroll said. “So regardless of my vote, with this new information I would have wanted a return and said, ‘Do we really want to do this?'”
Commissioner Barbara Glidden says she is disappointed with the entire board. She felt there was too much new information that came to light today, and the board should further investigate the situation to make a sound decision on future of their donation.