Poquoson City Councilman Thomas J. Cannella II suggested at Monday’s meeting that the City Council should discuss hiring a school resource officer. He did not hear much support from the rest of the City Council.
“Upon conversations with city staff and a number of citizens, I would like to request a work session in our near future to discuss the hiring of a school resource officer,” Cannella said during the board member comment period.
Mayor Gene Hunt said the council talked about the topic last year and asked if members wanted to discuss it again. He indicated that he wasn’t planning to schedule that discussion this year. The only council member to respond was Jana Andrews, who said she was open to a discussion. When no one else spoke, Hunt said he didn’t see the support to have the work session.
Poquoson does not have school resource officers at any of its schools, but officers periodically visit and work out of the high school through the Police-School Liaison Officer Program. Poquoson is the only Peninsula-area school division that doesn’t have any school resource officers.
Cannella graduated from Poquoson High School in 2015 and said on Tuesday that he’s felt the school should have a resource officer since he was a student. With the existing liaison program, students might see a police officer in school a couple times a week because those officers have other duties, Cannella said.
He felt a full-time resource officer provided far more than just security — having an officer dedicated to being in schools every day would build positive relationships with students, he said.
Regarding the previous discussion Hunt referenced, Cannella said he brought up the issue before the fall of 2017 but didn’t feel that was an extensive discussion.
York trolley service to resume
York County’s trolleys that circulate throughout Yorktown are awaking from hibernation this weekend to begin their spring service.
Starting Saturday, the county’s three trolleys will be in operation. A full route takes 20 to 25 minutes and starts at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center and stops at the Victory Monument, Historic Main Street, Riverwalk Landing, Watermen’s Museum and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.
The trolleys are handicapped accessible, air-conditioned and free to ride. The service has operated for 17 years, and about 90,000 passengers ride each year.
The trolleys run daily until Nov. 18. When service resumes Saturday, trolleys will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Senior center offering help with taxes
York County senior citizens in need of some tax help have access to a pair of offerings from the Senior Center of York.
Until April 17, AARP is providing free tax service on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the senior center, 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway.
The service goes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and people are helped on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants should bring their tax returns from last year and current tax information.
On March 21, the center is also offering tax relief and filing assistance to people 65 or older or people who are permanently and totally disabled. The service is only open to York homeowners who live in their home. The service is open from 9:30-11 a.m. at the senior center.
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