CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach Town Council met Tuesday night to discuss a variety of issues impacting citizens and tourists. Both students and parents spoke out about reported departures from the Carolina Beach Police Department.
An issue that brought a lot of people out to the meeting was a school resource officer.
Corporal Stewart Henderson is a resource officer at Carolina Beach Elementary School.
Henderson is leaving his position to work for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.
Both parents and students asked council to speak with Sheriff Ed McMahon to see if Henderson can remain at the school as a sheriff’s deputy.
“I really want officer Henderson to stay at our school,” said one little girl.
“You can’t replace what he brings to this community. He is a gem,” said one mother. “The amount of personal time he spends supporting these kids in this community is something I haven’t seen before.”
Mayor Joe Benson said he would reach out to Sheriff McMahon to discuss this.
WWAY reached out to Carolina Beach Police Chief Chris Spivey to ask why he believes Henderson and others have reportedly left the department to work for the sheriff’s office. We have not yet received a response.
One item on the agenda was an amendment allowing for the operation of breweries and distilleries in the central business district and the industrial district. This was approved by council.
Another item on the agenda was funding for the Carolina Beach Fire Department. Fire Chief Alan Griffin says calls are up and volunteerism is down, creating the need for more paid positions.
Council gave Griffin permission to reapply for a grant, which if approved will require money from the town that has already been budgeted.
As far as creating more paid positions, council postponed that discussion until new town manager Lucky Narain starts his duties and can be part of the talks.
Also at the meeting, council members approved amending regulations for food trucks and other vendors. You are no longer required to be a resident or own a business in the town to operate.
The number of Freeman Park vehicle vendors will remain at six. The allowable push carts at freeman park and the municipal beach will be six combined.
Limiting ATV’s on the beach strand was not discussed.
Click here to watch the town council meeting.