Citizen News Weekly

February 23, 2024

Mark Bellamy Appointed County Administrator; Restaurant Week Begins Monday!

Mark Bellamy Appointed as County Administrator 
County Administrator Mark BellamyAt the meeting on Tuesday, February 20, the Board of Supervisors appointed Mark Bellamy as County Administrator to manage and oversee the day-to-day operations of the County. “I appreciate the faith the Board of Supervisors has in me,” stated Bellamy. “I look forward to continuing to work with the Board and our excellent staff in furthering the community and the Board’s goals.” Mr. Bellamy holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Averett University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Virginia Wesleyan University. Congratulations to Mark Bellamy on this appointment. To read more, including a quote from Board Chairman Stephen Roane, please see this week’s press release. 

Restaurant Week Begins Monday Restaurant WeekWe’re ready to dish up an offer you can’t refuse! Join us for our first-ever York County Restaurant Week from Monday (2/26) to Sunday (3/3). Sixteen York County restaurants are offering specials on lunch, dinner, or select menu items. Visit our complete list of participating restaurants, so the only thing you have to make for dinner are reservations! Bon appétit!
Collection Events Return Starting March 9
Household Chemical CollectionsThe popular Virginia Peninsula Public Service Authority’s (VPPSA) Household Chemical Collection/Computer Recycling/Paper Shredding events return to York County on Saturday, March 9, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is the County’s first of several 2024 opportunities where residents may safely dispose of paints, fuels, solvents, pesticides, automotive products, and other chemicals. In addition, residents may recycle computers and associated equipment, such as wiring, desktop printers, and even cell phones! In York County, shredding of up to five boxes of personal paperwork is available. These services are free. Proof of residency in a VPPSA partner community (Hampton, Poquoson, Williamsburg, James City County, and York County) may be required. A complete list of acceptable items is available on the VPPSA website.
Watch Out for Workers in Historic Yorktown
Visitors to the historic area are asked to be on the lookout for workers as they drive through town. Survey and engineering work will begin soon on Read Street (that connects Main Street and Water Street) in anticipation of drainage improvements as well as waterline and sidewalk extensions. Also in Yorktown, the parking area across from the Watermen’s Museum is closed while VDOT crews complete repair work to areas around the Coleman Bridge abutment adjacent to Water Street. Visitors can find parking in several other lots throughout town, including the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace.
Citizen News Quarterly Now Online Citizen News Quarterly - Spring 2024
The Spring Citizen News Quarterly newsletter has been published on the website and contains information about 2024 events and programs, as well as dates and deadlines to add to your calendar. The newsletter is in full color, has a gorgeous layout, as well as interactive pages and articles, and links that lead to more information.
Arts Commission Grant Applications Deadline Approaching
Area arts and cultural organizations that are registered 501(c)(3) organizations are invited to apply for supplementary funding for an eligible project or performance. A full list of criteria and the grant request form may be found online. Funding requests must be made electronically and submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 1. The Arts Commission will review the applications and make recommendations this spring. Pending approval by the Board of Supervisors, funds will be provided this summer. Grant money may not be used for capital investment or operating expenses.
Virginia Statewide Tornado Drill is March 7
Families, organizations, schools, businesses, and individuals across the Commonwealth are invited to participate in the Tornado Drill on Thursday, March 7. Each year, the Tornado drill is held to emphasize community preparedness in case our region experiences one of these severe weather threats. The drill highlights the importance of being ready in case a tornado strikes, and is part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 4-8. More information is available on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website.

Tornado drill
Additional Notes for the Week . . . 
Space is still available for the County’s CERT training program offered by Fire and Life Safety. Classes teach participants skills necessary to help their families and neighborhoods in case a major disaster impacts our region. Classes begin March 12. Watch Fire Chief Steve Kopczynski discuss the CERT program.  Join us for another Yorktown Market Days’ Winter Market at Riverwalk Landing tomorrow (2/24) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shop your favorite vendors and artists selling locally grown, produced, and crafted products. You can learn more at

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Citizen News Weekly is compiled and published by York County Public Affairs each Friday to share news and events ­­with our citizens and neighbors. This weekly newsletter is placed on our website and delivered directly to your inbox. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: 757-890-3310 or