County Operations Updates

Yorktown Day events cancelled with some ceremonies still pending; Adopted FY21 budget now online; Fire and Life Safety COVID testing

Yorktown Day Cancels Some Events; Decisions on Ceremonies Pending

At the meeting of The Yorktown Day Association last week, they voted to make changes to the 2020 event. The information was shared in a memo from the National Park Service, outlining which events will be cancelled and how they might proceed with some of the ceremonies.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for everyone as we go through everyday life. This has proved especially true for conducting special events in our park. As we prepared to enter Phase III, there were several discussions on the safest and most prudent approach to celebrate Yorktown Day in October. In accordance with guidance from Governor Northam, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities, an in agreement with our Yorktown Day Association partner, we made the following decisions for the Yorktown Day Commemoration this year:

The Yorktown Day Dinner and reception luncheon have been cancelled

The Yorktown Day Parade has been cancelled

The French Wreath laying ceremonies at the cemetery and memorial will be conducted with minimal attendance

The Yorktown Day Patriotic wreath laying ceremony at the monument will be conducted with minimal attendance; program details have yet to be determined

Brian Fuller, Director Community Services and County Liaison to the Committee, sent a memo to Neil Morgan that was shared with the Board of Supervisors. 

York County Adopted Budget and CIP Documents Now Available Online

The Fiscal Year 2021 adopted budget and CIP have been posted on the County website. Both are available on the budget webpage and are formatted to be ADA compliant. 

Eleven York County Fire and Life Safety Personnel Test COVID-19 Positive;
Department Takes Pro-Active Steps

There have been reports with varying numbers of COVID-19 positive results within the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety. As of today, there have been 11 positive cases. Although this situation has affected some members of the department, services to the community have not been impacted. Read the press release. 

Mosquito Control Ground Spraying Resumes as Weather Conditions Permit

 York County Mosquito Control has begun spraying around the County. If you would like to have notice of where and when the spraying will occur, sign up for text or email alerts. As always, our Mosquito Control trained staff are available for a free home visit to inspect your yard and offer their expertise. Call 757-890-3790

July 2, 2020 - Library delays reopening/expands curbside service; Summer Concert Series postponed; CARES Act Grant Funds for Local Businesses; Moves in the Parks Returns July 10

Library Expands Curbside Service to Yorktown Branch; Reopening Delayed 

  • Our York County Public Library is continuing curbside service for the pickup of books, DVDs, and Summer Reading Program materials, and is extending the service to the Yorktown branch beginning Monday, July 6. The curbside service is available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Once patrons “check out” their items on the library’s website, they are notified by staff when the items are available. Upon arrival at the branch, patrons park in a numbered space and follow the posted instructions to notify staff of arrival. Materials are delivered to the individual by library employees following social distancing and protective guidelines. Book drops remain open for the return of materials. For more information, visit the library website
  • The previously announced reopening of the libraries has been postponed as a precautionary measure.

Tourism Development’s Summer Concert Series Postponed

  • After evaluating Phase 3 guidelines released by Gov. Northam and as a precautionary measure, York County has made the difficult decision to further delay the start of its Sounds of Summer concert series in the interest of public safety. This decision means the cancellation of both the July 9 performance featuring The Uptown Band and the July 16 performance featuring Strictly Bizzness. The additional two-week window provides the opportunity to re-evaluate the logistics of navigating the newest restrictions, including the 1,000-person capacity for outdoor entertainment. These waterfront summer concerts typically draw much larger crowds. Any further announcements will be posted to Visit Yorktown’s social media channels as well as the Visit Yorktown website.
  • In addition, following discussions with the Episcopal Diocese, the Celebrate Yorktown Committee has decided to cancel its 2020 August music series at Grace Church. Additionally, the Committee says the annual Virginia Symphony concert scheduled for the Saturday of Labor Day weekend will not take place.

York County Planning Commission Meeting is Wednesday, July 8

  • The Planning Commission meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is broadcast live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and also live-streamed. This is an electronic remote meeting.  Participation information is available on the meeting agenda.

York County CARES Grant for Local Businesses

  • York County set aside funding received from the government’s CARES ACT to establish the COVID-19 Business Recovery Assistance Grant.  The County and Economic Development Authority are offering one-time financial assistance to eligible for-profit small businesses up to $3,000. The application and eligibility requirements are available on the Office of Economic Development website.

 Movies in the Park Returns; Parks and Recreation Programs Update

  • Where else can you enjoy being outdoors with your family while watching a free movie AND social distancing all at the same time?!  The County’s “Movies in the Parks!” series returns with nine-weekends of movies on Fridays and Saturdays at three County parks:  Charles Brown Park, McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC), and New Quarter Park. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Concessions are available at the movies. Just some of the favorites being shown this year are: Frozen 2, The Lion King, Aladdin, Dumbo, and so many more! Visit the press release or website for complete details and a schedule of showings.
  • York County Parks and Recreation recently announced it is accepting registrations for two summer programs:
    • Summer Adult Fitness Classes being July 13 and are Monday and Wednesday evenings, and Saturday mornings, and include Hi/Lo Combo, Yoga, Cardio Combo, and Strength Training. Fees, class dates, and details are available online.
    • Registrations are now being accepted for Summer Adult Tennis Lessons at Back Creek Park on Tuesday evenings beginning July 28. Lessons focus on varying levels of fundamentals, technique, and strategy.  Details online.

Reminder:  York County offices and courts are closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.  Garbage and Recycling are NOT affected by the holiday.  The Transfer Station, Drop-off Site, and VPPSA Compost Facility are closed Saturday, July 4.

July 1, 2020 - Celebrating the 4th of July at Home! -- A look back at fireworks shows past and a special Independence Day tradition to enjoy on TV

While York County’s 4th of July activities have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19 and its financial impact, Yorktown is still the place to be this coming holiday weekend…even if you “visit” from the comfort of your own home. Watch WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) on Saturday, July 4, at 7 and 9 p.m. for a special highlight reel of prior fireworks shows over the York River! And you can be guaranteed there will be no rain cancellation.

Following the fireworks program, at 7:30 and 9:30 watch the traditional Yorktown Bell Ringing Ceremony put on video this year for a virtual experience. This excellent one-of-a-kind Independence Day program produced by the York County Historical Museum features a recitation of the Declaration of Independence and Bell Ringing Ceremony with appearances by state and local elected officials, military leaders, and public safety representatives. At 2 p.m. on the 4th of July, residents are invited by the York County Historical Museum to step outside their homes and ring a bell in recognition of the 13 original colonies and the sacrifices made by the men and women who fought for and secured our nation’s independence.

The Yorktown Beach, Fishing Pier, Beach Picnic Area, and Riverwalk Landing Piers are open with social distancing strongly encouraged and signs placed throughout the waterfront reminding visitors to practice safety measures. Hand sanitizing stations are placed on sidewalks at Riverwalk Landing and we ask individuals to maintain six feet of distance between themselves and others. For complete details about the Yorktown restaurants, shops and attractions open on the 4th, please click over to

As a reminder to our residents and visitors, the possessions, sale, and/or use of all fireworks is illegal in York County.

With the transition into Phase 3, many businesses, restaurants and attractions in York County are opening or expanding their services. The public is strongly encouraged to follow safety guidelines to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19 on our community, region, and state. 

June 26, 2020 - Summer Camp Programs Cancelled; Customer Service Portal Credit Card Payments; Libraries Reopening July 7

Parks & Recreation Summer Camp Programs Cancelled

  • It is with great disappointment that we announce the cancellation of the Summer Fun Camp, Special Recreation Camp, Field Trip Fever, and Safety Town programs scheduled this summer. The staff has been hard at work adapting these programs to the ongoing pandemic limitations and had hoped Virginia’s Phase 3 would accommodate them. On Tuesday, Governor Northam announced that Phase 3 would begin Wednesday, July 1, and released the necessary guidelines. Unfortunately, the requirements for social distancing, staffing, and other restrictions make it difficult to offer these programs at a level of quality that you and your children expect and deserve. We will be issuing full refunds to all who have registered for these programs. If you would prefer to apply the fees to another Parks and Recreation program rather than receive a refund, please email the office no later than Tuesday, June 30th: To view other programs, please visit our website.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times and we will be working hard on our fall program lineup and hope to see you there! 

Customer Service Request Portal Now Accepting Credit Card Payments for Building Permit Fees

Effective June 22, the County’s Customer Service Request Portal accepts credit card payments for building permit fees. Since May, builders, contractors and citizens have used the newly enhanced portal to schedule building inspections and submit work requests to various County offices. The addition of credit card payments is a tremendous benefit to our area contractors. Visit the site here. 

Libraries Reopening July 7, Replacing Curbside Service

  • York County Public Libraries will reopen Tuesday, July 7. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The libraries will be closed Sunday and Monday. Certain safety modifications have been made, including modified computer work stations that add distance between users. Upon reopening, the Curbside Service for the pickup of books, DVDs, and other materials will cease. For details, read this week’s press release.

June 19, 2020 - Taxes due June 25; Free Masks Offered to Businesses; Waterfront Amenities Returning

Citizen Reminder: Taxes Are Due June 25

Real Estate and Personal Property tax payments are due by Thursday, June 25. The Treasurer’s Office recommends citizens pay taxes online or utilize the drop-box located on the outside of the Finance Building at 120 Alexander Hamilton Boulevard. Online payments can be made at no cost – including credit cards due to the Board of Supervisors’ waiving credit card transaction fees earlier this year. For more information, visit the website or call (757) 890-3420.

Economic Development Offers Free Cloth Masks to Businesses

A limited supply of cloth masks is available to distribute to local businesses on a first-come, first-served basis. Up to 25 masks are available per business and can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. June 23 through June 25 at Fire Station No. 1 (118 Dare Road) and Fire Station No. 3 (114 Hubbard Lane). When picking up masks, please go to the front door of the station, and provide a business card or copy of your current business license. If you have questions, please contact Economic Development at (757) 890-3317 or by email. 

Yorktown Trolley Service Returns Celebrating its 20th Anniversary; Visit Yorktown Programs/Services Resume

The Yorktown Trolley resumed service this week with enhanced safety precautions for passengers including required masks and limited capacity. We’ve also contracted with a company to perform weekly hydrostatic disinfection of all interior surfaces, which keeps the Trolley disinfected for up to one week and eliminates disruption of service for manual cleaning between routes. This is the 20th anniversary of the complimentary service to tourists and our local community! The trolley runs daily through Labor Day. More details are available in the press release.

Waterfront Amenities are now in full swing! 

Piers: Since the re-opening of the piers to boater traffic, 29 vessels have docked at the waterfront. This weekend, the first mega yacht of the season will dock, along with a dozen other boats from the BYC Yacht Club. It’s going to be a full house! We’re very close to having a full marina on July Fourth as well.

Guest Service Programs: Parking attendants continue to monitor the parking garage on the weekend to alert when the levels are full, direct visitors to other parking lots and to remind visitors that the lower level is for patrons of our businesses and restaurants. Waterfront ambassadors are out Friday through Sunday to monitor crowds, report any increases in trash, and to act as roving information centers when it comes to visitor questions about restrooms, restaurants, and attractions. They also encourage social distancing and remind guests of the state’s re-opening guidelines.

Yorktown Market Days: The market returned Saturday to beautiful weather! Customers did a good job of social distancing while shopping the vendors and artists. The farms stayed extremely busy – selling fresh fruits and vegetables. Creative signage developed by Virginia Cooperative Extension promoted COVID-19 safety measures. They were printed and displayed throughout the market. 

Blues, Brews and BBQ has a new date! Join us at Riverwalk Landing on August 9 for a great event where ticketholders can sample 30 craft beers, dig into delicious BBQ, and enjoy some of the best local Blues musicians in the area. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. The press release contains all the details!

Board of Supervisors June 16 Meeting Online, TV

The Board of Supervisors June 16 meeting was held remotely. The Board tabled a proposed ordinance that would prohibit or restrict parking of certain large vehicles on Moore’s Creek Drive. This item will appear on the July 21 meeting agenda. All remaining agenda items were approved. Meeting details are available here. Meeting replays are always available to view online and are shown on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38). The Board does not hold a meeting on the first Tuesday in July. The next meeting is July 21. The meeting agenda will be posted online during the previous week. 

Libraries Reopening July 7; Summer Reading Program Begins June 22

  • York County Public Libraries will reopen Tuesday, July 7. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The libraries will be closed Sunday and Monday. Certain safety modifications have been made. For details, read this week’s press release.
  • The Summer Reading program – always a hit for readers of all ages – begins Monday, June 22 and continues through July 31. Visit the Library’s website for complete details and to register. 

Registration Now Open Rescheduled for Soccer and Volleyball Summer Sports Camps!

Camps begin July 6 and are for ages 6-17. There are half-day, full-day, and evening options available. For complete details, read the press release or visit Parks and Recreation’s website. 

June 12, 2020 - Board meeting; Business Resources; Schooner Alliance Returns; Temporary Polling Place

Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda

The Board of Supervisors’ next meeting is Tuesday, June 16. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and live streaming at This is an electronic remote meeting. There are five public hearing items on the agenda and citizen phone lines have been established for each public hearing and the meeting’s citizen comment period. You can view the agenda and phone-in instructions here. 

Economic Development Shares Resources to Assist Area Businesses

  • Is your business open? Do you have any special offers or events to share? Send us an email with your business hours of operation, services provided, and anything else you want patrons to know about. We’ll list it all on our website as a quick and informative resource for area consumers.
  • Businesses seeking assistance are urged to visit the York County Office of Economic Development’s COVID-19 Business Resources site. Here you’ll find information on grants, disaster relief resources, business tools, and more. 

Schooner Alliance, Market Days Return to Riverwalk Landing

Social distancing never looked so relaxing—out on the open water of the York River! The Schooner Alliance returns to Riverwalk Landing Piers Friday, June 12. The owners and captains, Greg and Laura Lohse, will not be bringing their second schooner to Yorktown this summer but will instead be adding a fourth sail to the rotation of the Alliance. It will be an additional late-day history sail. COVID-19 procedures include half capacity limit for passengers, facemasks for both the crew and customers, hand sanitizing at the gate, and wipe-downs of the ship between each sail, especially at common touchpoints. The crew will also have temperature checks before their shifts and the restroom on board will closed to the public. Guests are also not permitted in the galley and will have to place food and drink orders through the portholes.

A cool breeze off the water; friendly faces; a variety of fresh, local food to shop—there’s nothing like a Saturday morning in Yorktown! Our well-organized Yorktown Market Days returns to the waterfront Saturday, June 13, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The market has everything on your shopping list—from seasonal produce and delicious baked goods to gourmet dog treats and handmade soaps and candles. We are taking important precautions to keep our customers and vendors safe amidst COVID-19 concerns. Read all about it in this week’s press release.

Safety Town Registration is Now Open for Children Entering Kindergarten 

The County’s award-winning Safety Town program is beginning its 26th season providing safety information to children entering Kindergarten in the fall. This year’s program features three week-long sessions of four days each. Two weeks will be held at Mr. Vernon Elementary School and the final week at Waller Mill Elementary School. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Cost is $35 for County residents and $50 for non-County residents. View dates, times, and safety topics in the press release.

Temporary Polling Place for June 23 Republican Primary

Voters who normally visit the Grafton School Complex on Election Day will instead cast their votes at the Senior Center of York on June 23. This is a temporary move due to the Grafton School Complex closing for renovation following a February fire. View more information here.

 Absentee voting is now underway. The deadline to apply to vote absentee online or by mail or email is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16. The deadline to apply to vote absentee in person is 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. In order to accommodate those who wish to vote absentee in person, the Registrar’s Office will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (757) 890-3440 or visit the Voter Registrar’s website

June 5, 2020 -  Reopening News

Tourism Development Announces Gallery Reopening

Gallery at York Hall re-opens! The Yorktown Onions aren’t all that’s opening up in Historic Yorktown. The Gallery at York Hall celebrated its grand re-opening on Wednesday, June 3 and is currently offering 10% off all merchandise through the next two weeks. As an added COVID-19 safety precaution, all volunteers who do not have underlying medical issues will wear facemasks and customers are asked to extend the same courtesy. Visitors will also find stickers strategically placed near the register to help designate 6-feet spacing for those waiting in line. Hand sanitizer stations have been added and there will be extra cleanings and wipe-downs between customer sales. The Gallery, located at 301 Main Street, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Re-opening Alerts: A new landing page within exists to keep citizens and tourists up to date on which restaurants, stores, museums, and other attractions are once again serving the public and at what capacity. It can be found here: The Tourism Development Office is working closely with all community partners to help promote re-openings, announce any modifications to operations, and feature amenities as they resume. This page also acts as the central hub for all COVID related press releases and details about rescheduled special events. It is anticipated this page will remain live with regular updates through at least Phase 3 of Virginia’s re-opening process. 

Beach is Open; Waterfront Ambassadors Return

The Yorktown Beach reopened last weekend and beachgoers were greeted by colorful signs reminding them of certain safety measures to follow to ensure everyone can safely enjoy the beach. This weekend, we welcome back our Waterfront Ambassadors on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays to reinforce safety messaging, answer questions, direct visitors to amenities, and ensure that the lower level of the Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace remain available to visitors to our restaurants and shops. 

Board of Supervisors Work Session June 2 

Actions taken at the June 2 Board of Supervisors meeting are available online. See a presentation by the York County School Division on budget and technology and another from York County Finance on CARES Act funding allocations. The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, at 6:00 p.m., and will be conducted electronically. Once published, the meeting agenda will be available on the Board’s website. This meeting will be broadcast live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and streaming on the York County website. 

Four Programs Win National Association of Counties Achievement Awards

This week, York County was notified that it is the recipient of four Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties. Award-winning programs are: Yorktown Trolley: Riding with Technology; Partners for Pollinators; Citizen Cyber Security; and Wormley Creek Landing Facility Enhancements: Accessibility for All. Summaries of these programs and their award submissions are available on the County’s website. 

Safety Town, Summer Programs, Playgrounds and More!

York County Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the award-winning Safety Town program that teaches pre-kindergartners various aspects of life safety, Summer Fun program operating Monday through Friday July 6-31, Field Trip Fever 2 from August 3-7, Tennis Camp for Youth, and Kayak Trips from New Quarter Park and Back Creek Park. Also, big news…playgrounds and basketball courts are now open! See the press release for program dates, fees, and more. 

May 29, 2020 - Yorktown Beach Reopening; Library Beginning Curbside Service 

Beach Reopens May 30

County Administrator Neil Morgan announced Thursday, May 28, that the Yorktown Beach and nearby amenities are reopening to the public Saturday, May 30.  The following apply:

  • Sunbathing, swimming, and recreation are permitted. No groups larger than 10 allowed and social distancing must be practiced. Group sports, tents, and alcohol are prohibited. We encourage beach-goers to visit during non-peak hours to avoid crowds.
  • All public parking lots will be open, including Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace, Beach Picnic Area, and parking lots at York Hall, County Administration/Courthouse area, and Archer Cottage (corner of Read/Water Streets).
  • Waterfront restroom facilities will be open. Please practice social distancing if waiting in line for facilities. 

In his announcement, Mr. Morgan stated, “As you know, we have a narrow beach and we ask that you apply common sense and good judgement to keep yourself and others safe.”  Watch the full video here. 

Beginning June 1…Library Offering Curbside Pickup at Tabb Branch

The York County Public Library begins curbside pickup on Monday, June 1 at the Tabb Library. Patrons may check out materials online and drive to the Tabb branch to pick up their checked-out items.  The drop boxes at both Tabb and Yorktown branches are open for the return of materials. For complete details, read the press release issued Thursday, May 28.  

Board of Supervisors Work Session June 2  

The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors is Tuesday, June 2, at 6:00 p.m., and is a work session.  The agenda is available online.  This meeting is being held remotely and broadcast live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and on the York County website. 

Public Works June Events Cancelled

York County’s Department of Public Works has cancelled its June 20 Bugfest and June 27 Tire Recycling events. Citizens are encouraged to inspect their yards for areas where water can be collected and become breeding sites for mosquitoes. Be sure to empty water from old tarps, pools, flower pots, buckets, and to regularly change water in bird baths.  Mosquito Control staff are available to make a site visit at your home and perform a yard inspection.  For more information or to request an inspection, please visit Mosquito Control on our website or call (757) 890-3790. 

Tourism Development

Saturdays – May 30 and June 6 – are the last drive-thru Yorktown Market Days at the McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC).  Market Days returns to Riverwalk Landing on Saturday, June 13, featuring your favorite vendors selling their fresh produce, meats and seafood, soaps and lotions, breads and baked goods, and so much more!  Visit Yorktown Market Days for more details.

Traffic Alert for Tuesday, June 2

Route 17 Traffic Alert: Line work scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, will require periodic traffic stoppages of up to 15 minutes in length from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the area of the McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) and AMF York Lanes (4200/4300 block of Route 17) in both north and southbound travel lanes. Drivers may experience traffic congestion in this area as overhead power line work is conducted. Rain date: Wednesday, June 3. In addition, associated work may require alternating lane closures in both directions of travel through Saturday, June 6.

May 28, 2020 - York County Library Implementing Phase One Reopening: Curbside Service Begins at Tabb Library June 1; Book Drops are Open

The York County Public Library is in the process of implementing Phase One of its reopening plan.

Beginning Monday, June 1 the Tabb Library will offer curbside pick-up of books, DVDs, and other material available for checkout from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Patrons can request items via our online catalog - - and will be notified when they are ready for pickup. Upon arrival at the Tabb Library, patrons should turn right as they enter the parking lot and follow the path of orange barrels/cones. Six spaces are marked for curbside service and signs are posted with instructions for notifying staff of arrival.

“Our process is similar to the ‘curbside to go’ service you see at local restaurants,” says Library Director Kevin Smith. “Our staff is excited about interacting with the public again while practicing social distancing and other safety measures.”

Since Monday, May 18, library book drops at both the Tabb and Yorktown branches have been available for patrons to return materials checked out prior to the closing order. Returned items are quarantined for three days and are then checked back in and removed from the individual’s library account. No fines have been charged during this closing.

“We greatly appreciate the care our patrons have given these materials for the past several weeks,” Smith says. “All items that have been returned are in excellent condition and have obviously been well cared for.”

Book drops are open from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“And, even though the library buildings are still closed, our digital collection and research resources are always available online,” Smith adds. “If you need help accessing these resources, ask us online or call the Tabb Library at 890-5100 or the Yorktown Library at 890-3377. We’re also available to offer reading recommendations and answer your reference questions.”

 The Library’s website is The Tabb Library is located at 100 Long Green Boulevard; the Yorktown Library is located at 8500 George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17).

May 22, 2020 - Phase One Reopening

Board of Supervisors May 19 Meeting 

The Board of Supervisors May 19 meeting was held remotely. All items on the agenda were approved including four public hearings.  Meeting details are available here.  Meeting replays are always available to view online. The next meeting is June 2 and is a work session with no public comment period. Individuals wishing to contact the Board members may send an email to or locate individual contact information on the Board of Supervisors website.   

Commemorating Memorial Day

The County’s annual Memorial Day ceremony is not being held this year. York County’s WYCG TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) is currently airing last year’s moving tribute to those who served and continue to serve our nation. The program is available to view online.  Happy Memorial Day! 

County Offices Not Staffed on Memorial Day

York County offices remain closed to the public, although staff have been continuing to provide services to the community.  In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, all offices and courts will not be staffed.  Citizens are reminded that many services are available online.  Read the press release here. 

Court Office Taking Appointments

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, the Clerk of Circuit Court’s office will be taking appointments for the following:

Marriage Licenses - York Co. or Poquoson residents only

Concealed Handgun Permit Applications - NEW applications only; Renewals can be submitted via mail/drop box

Notary Qualifications

Criminal (Cash) Payments - CASH only; all other payments must be made via drop-box, mail, or online.

Persons needing to transact any business with the Clerk’s Office should utilize the Court’s website or the telephone numbers below:

Deed /Land Records Division 757-890-4103

Criminal / Traffic Division 757-890-4104

Civil Division 757-890-4105

Fiduciary/Probate Division 757-890-4106

Any other Miscellaneous Transactions 757-890-3360

 Library Launches YouTube Channel

The York County Public Library has launched its own YouTube channel!  Visit YouTube and search for “York County VA Public Library” or click here and go right to the page.  Be sure to subscribe.  You’ll find videos on the Library’s digital offerings, Story Time, Songs & Rhymes, Poetry Readings, and so much more is being planned.  Look for this logo among search results to be sure you connect with the York County VA Public Library.

Tourism Development

Several of our most popular special events at the Waterfront have new dates, including the following:  Pirate Invasion Market (August 15), Go Green Market (September 12), and Sister Cities French Market (September 19); Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival (August 9); and Sounds of Summer Concerts (beginning July 9).  Complete details, on the revised schedule are available in our press release.

Waste Management

  • Reminder:  Recycling will not be collected on Memorial Day – Monday, May 25.  Collections will be delayed one day until all routes are serviced by Saturday, May 30.  Garbage collection is not affected by the holiday. For more information, visit the Waste Management website or call (757) 890-3780. 

Online Services

It has been brought to our attention that some citizens are experiencing browser issues when connecting to the County’s Payment Portal. If you are having difficulty accessing this or any of our online services, please try a different browser such as Chrome or Firefox. Due to security requirements, older versions of Windows may not work in conjunction with certain browsers.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

May 20, 2020 - Phase One Reopening

As Virginia enters the first full week in Phase One of re-opening the state, Riverwalk Landing Piers continue to welcome transient and recreational boaters looking to dock and shop, pick up to-go food orders, and exercise at the waterfront. The Yorktown Fishing Pier is also open but remains limited to no more than 10 people at a time with at least six feet of physical distance.

Many Riverwalk Landing businesses are also slowly beginning to unlock their doors as well - each with enhanced health and safety measures for employees and customers. Lodging facilities are once again taking reservations. In addition to new takeout and patio dining options for restaurants, outdoor recreation rentals have begun as well, including paddle board, bicycle, and kayak rentals. The Riverwalk is also open to walking, bicycling, and jogging, as long as visitors maintain appropriate space between themselves and others.

Per the Governor’s order, beaches – including our Yorktown Beach – remain closed. While many localities allow the beaches to be used for exercise and fishing, Yorktown Beach’s small size makes the required social distancing difficult, if not impossible.

Rescheduled Events 

Yorktown Market Days

Customers can once again enjoy spectacular views of the York River as they shop an array of vendors and artists at Riverwalk Landing, scheduled to return to the waterfront on Saturday, June 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The market has been operating under a drive-thru model for pick-up of pre-orders Saturday mornings at the McReynolds Athletic Complex and will continue through June 6. Three themed markets originally scheduled in the spring have been postponed to later in the year as outlined below.

Pirate Invasion Market: Step back into the Golden Age of Piracy as Riverwalk Landing and the Watermen’s Museum are invaded by seafaring marauders on August 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Explore a pirate encampment, sing along with sea shanties, take part in a digital treasure hunt with participating Yorktown businesses, and don’t miss exciting cannon demonstrations. Young visitors can actually sail the “stormy seas” of the York River with Captain Mayhem aboard the Schooner Alliance. While most of the family-friendly fun is free, Pirate Adventure Cruises do require a paid ticket which can be purchased at 

Go Green Market In collaboration with York County’s Department of Public Works and the York County Beautification Committee, the market begins at 8 a.m. and there will be free family activities from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on September 12 to help promote environmental sustainability. Educational exhibits will be on site as well as free children’s crafts, activities and games. Call (757) 890-5900 for more information. 

Sister Cities French Market: Modeled after the market in Yorktown’s sister city Port-Vendres France, shop for French favorites on September 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing. Shoppers will find fresh-baked bread, croissants and pastries; chocolates & macarons; wine; soaps and more! Enjoy a Wine Garden featuring French wines, a silent auction and student exchange raffle. Call (757) 877-2933 for more information. 

Grace Church Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony

Grace Church announced it will be holding a virtual Memorial Day ceremony this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The event will be streamed on the church’s YouTube Channel to commemorate the end of World War II and will take place Monday, May 25 starting at 10 a.m. - Opening remarks will include the history and meaning of Memorial Day and the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II, followed by prayers offered by Grace Church Parishioners. A reading of the names and service of the 102 known Veterans buried in the Grace Church Cemetery will be followed with the playing of taps and ringing of the Historic Church Bell (ca 1725). A copy of the Commemorative Program and listing of veterans will be also be available online. For more information, please contact Al Crane LtCol USAF (Ret) at (757) 867-8643. 

Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival

Sample dozens of craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ and listen as some of the best blues musicians in Hampton Roads take the stage at Riverwalk Landing on the new date of Sunday, August 9. Back by popular demand is a Wine Garden, included in admission. Call (757) 877-2933 for more information.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Yorktown’s Sounds of Summer concert series has a new anticipated start date of July 9. There will be no concerts at the waterfront during the month of June. The series will run through August 27 on Thursday nights from 7 to 9:30. Tentative line-up below. More details to come in future release.

July 9: The Uptown Band

July 16: Strictly Bizzness

July 23: The Main Event Band

July 30: SlapNation

August 6: Woah

August 13: Soul Expressions

August 20: Bachelor Boys Band

August 27: Band of Oz

Canceled Events 

Canceled in June: 1775 Yorktown Muster (June 6) & Yorktown’s Military Appreciation Weekend (June 13 &14) 

Canceled in July: As previously released—the health crisis, along with the severity of the financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, have forced the County to continue making operational reductions now and into the next fiscal year. This includes the difficult decision to cancel the July 4th fireworks and parade. While public restrictions on large gatherings may very well be relaxed before July 4, financial commitments needed for these events must be made far in advance. The savings to the County budget is very important and necessary at this time.

As a result of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic—all York County sponsored and partner community events are subject to postponement or cancellation. This includes changes to dates, times, and locations.

May 15, 2020 - Phase One Reopening

County Administrator Neil Morgan spoke about the reopening in a video message to the public.

Yorktown Beach

Following state and federal guidelines, all beaches – including our Yorktown Beach – remain closed. While many localities are able to allow the beaches to be used for exercise and fishing, the Yorktown Beach’s small size makes the required social distancing difficult, if not impossible. In addition, when open, our beach is frequented by guests from neighboring localities, which increases the chance of the spread.

Waterfront Operations 

  • Riverwalk Landing piers are now open for transient and recreational boaters; piers are closed to the general public. 
  • Yorktown Fishing Pier is open, but limited to no more than 10 people at a time and social distancing rules must be followed.
  • Beach Picnic area is open for passive recreation of groups no larger than 10. The adjacent parking area remains closed. 
  • Grassy areas of Riverwalk Landing are open for passive recreation such as reading, playing Frisbee, etc.  Social distancing and group size applies.
  • Many Riverwalk Landing businesses are opening with enhanced health and safety measures in place for employees and customers. Currently, restaurants with carry-out options and those with limited patio and outdoor seating include: Water Street Grille, Riverwalk Restaurant, Ben & Jerry’s, and Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters.  Patriot Tours & Provisions offers outdoor recreation, including paddle board and kayak rentals, bicycle rentals, and guided Segway tours. 

Library Services

Beginning Monday, May 18, the book drop will be open at the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. The physical buildings will not be open to the public. Returned books will be quarantined for three days. Items will be removed from your account on the fourth day after drop off. No fines will be assessed. Please maintain social distancing when returning items to the book drop.

Parks and Fields 

  • County and School Division green areas are open for recreation by groups of no more than 10, but not for organized sports. Basketball courts and playgrounds remain closed. 

Citizen News – York County’s Quarterly Newsletter – Now Online

The summer edition of York County’s quarterly newsletter is now available exclusively online. The newsletter, usually mailed quarterly to all homes in York County, was instead produced as an online publication due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Readers will find inside the publication their familiar favorites:  School Division, Special Events such as Market Days and Concerts, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Recycling Update, and so much more! 

Tourism Development

Drive-thru Mother’s Day Farmers Market: Despite an unseasonably cold and windy morning, the Mother’s Day Drive-thru Market at McReynolds Athletic Complex was the busiest one yet! Of course, that’s mainly due to the fact that it’s strictly for pickup of pre-orders, most of which have already been paid for… and the fact that customers can stay in their cars! In all, an estimated 300 vehicles came through the MAC, and with two more vendors this week, sales surpassed 600. The addition of grab-and-go options helped with sales and gave customers a way to explore new businesses while waiting. The farms continue to report fantastic numbers. 127 for one and 83 for another. The biggest success story was Raders Quarter Farm who sold out of fresh pork within hours of posting their inventory as well as their remaining beef. With talks of a national shortage due to COVID-19, it was a wonderful opportunity for the community to get fresh meat for their families. Last weekend, three EBT customers took advantage of the Fresh Match Program where they receive a dollar-for-dollar match on fruits and vegetables. Overall, the farms sold $190 in produce to these more vulnerable citizens.

National Travel & Tourism Week: As a part of this nationally-recognized campaign, Yorktown joined hundreds of destinations across the state in celebrating an outline set forth by the VTC. This year, the focus was really to try to stay connected to and supportive of visitors by meeting them where they are now and still embracing the #spiritoftravel. In particular, we tapped into themes of supporting local restaurants offering takeout, purchasing gift cards from small businesses to shop at a later date, booking hotel and B&B reservations for future vacations, and showcasing the amazing history that surrounds us. We wholeheartedly believe the tourism industry will be integral to our nation’s recovery when this is over—for both the Greater Williamsburg economy, and American jobs. After months of isolation, travel will be a way to help heal the country’s morale. 

Waste Management

  • Recycling will not be collected on Memorial Day – Monday, May 25.  Collections will be delayed one day until all routes are serviced by Saturday, May 30.  Garbage collection is not affected by the holiday. For more information, visit the Waste Management website or call (757) 890-3780.

Wetlands Board Vacancy

The Board of Supervisors is seeking applications from citizens to fill vacancies on the Wetlands Board. The Wetlands Board is charged with issuing permits for the use and development of tidal wetlands while balancing the needs of the property owners with the protection of wetlands. More information and the online application are available here.

May 13, 2020

Governor Northam issued Executive Order Sixty-Two, allowing specific localities in Northern Virginia to delay entering Phase One until midnight on Thursday, May 28.  The full text of Executive Order 62 can be found here

May 8, 2020 - 3:00 pm

Bills for Taxes Mailed; Due Date is June 25

The Treasurer has mailed tax bills for the first half of 2020 and several citizens have already paid them online at To encourage taxpayers to pay online, the Board of Supervisors waived credit card convenience fees at its April 21 meeting. Also available online are “how to” guides for creating a pin/password and bill pay. To assist taxpayers during this difficult time, reduced penalties and interest on late tax and utility billing payments until September 30 were also approved by the Board. If you have any questions, please email the Treasurer’s office at 

Board of Supervisors Meeting 

The Board of Supervisors May 5 meeting was held remotely. This meeting was a work session. The Board approved the proposed FY2021 budget, Calendar Year 2020 tax rates, FY2021-FY2026 Capital Improvement Program, Designation of Real Property Tax for School Purposes, and County Code Amendment re: Ambulance Transport Fees. Meeting details are available here. The recorded meeting is available to view at The next meeting is May 19 and this will also be held remotely with phone lines available to record citizen comments.

Businesses Closed Due to COVID-19 are Urged to Flush Water Pipes

Directors of Hampton Roads’ water utilities and health department officials advise business owners and operators who closed or evacuated buildings due to COVID-19 to thoroughly flush their establishment’s plumbing systems before reopening. These practices are recommended for schools, daycares, lodging, offices, places of worship, event venues, retail, libraries, museums, restaurants, gyms, healthcare and other facilities which have remained closed during the COVID-19 shutdown.

When water is not used, the disinfectant in the water dissipates over time. Without chlorinated water flowing through the pipes for an extended period, microorganisms can grow in water pipes, fixtures and tanks. Prolonged water stagnation also can diminish the normal, protective scale on interior pipe walls. Without the protective scale, metal from the piping may dissolve into the water. During the flushing process, stagnant, existing water is replaced with fresh water, which has been continually treated and monitored by the region’s water utilities throughout the COVID pandemic. Instructions are available at

County Launching Customer Service Request Portal

Beginning Monday, May 11, York County’s enhanced Customer Service Request Portal will be active and able to accept inspection requests from builders/contractors and provide a more user-friendly online system for citizens to request assistance and to track the status of those requests. For more information, read the press release here. 

Election Information

There is no May election in York County.

The deadline to register to vote in the June 23 primary—or to update your address or other registration information—is Tuesday, May 26. Absentee voting for the election began on May 8. Absentee voting is available for those who are concerned about going to their polling place because of COVID-19, will be out of their precinct on June 23, are unable to go to their polling place because of an illness or disability, and those who otherwise qualify to vote an absentee ballot. The deadline to apply to vote absentee online or by mail or email is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16. The deadline to apply to vote absentee in person is 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. In order to accommodate those who wish to vote absentee in person, the Registrar’s Office will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information about absentee voting, including whether a witness is required, visit 

July 4th Decisions Made in Light of Impacts from COVID-19

  • The health crisis, along with the severity of the financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, have forced the County to continue making operational reductions now and into the next fiscal year. This includes the difficult decision to cancel the July 4th fireworks and parade. While public restrictions on large gatherings may very well be relaxed before July 4, financial commitments needed for these events must be made far in advance. The savings to the County budget is very important and necessary at this time. 

Public Works

In a joint effort between the Department of Public Works and the Division of Tourism Development, three hand sanitizing stations have been placed in the Riverwalk Landing area. These stations offer four hand sanitizer dispensers in each and are located in the Riverwalk Landing area, near the Freight Shed, restaurants and between the parking garage restrooms.

Reminder: The Household Chemical Collection and Computer Recycling event is Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Operations Drive (just off Goodwin Neck Road). Additional details are available in the press release and at

Tourism Development

The second Yorktown Market Days Drive-thru market was another huge success. In celebration of Virginia Farmers Market Weeksocial media features on the individual farms and businesses were promoted daily on Visit Yorktown’s Facebook page, which was to make personal connections even without walk-up shopping/chatting. Two samples: and One of the farms came close to tripling its orders week over week and had 127 bags and boxes of fresh produce ready to load up in people’s cars! Overall, there were 125 more orders and 20 additional cars that pulled through McReynolds Athletic Complex from 8 to 11 a.m.

With Riverwalk Landing restaurants beginning to open up for takeout/pickup orders, York County Department of Community Services began providing short term parking for restaurant customers on the lower level of the parking terrace. Customers who have placed orders may park while they wait for their order to be filled. Parking attendants are onsite to monitor the lower level parking terrace as well as to answer any questions visitors may have. This takeout/pickup parking is available daily from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. As a reminder, the upper level of the parking terrace remains closed.

May 1, 2020 - 3:30 pm

Board Meeting Agenda Online; Compost Facility Reopening; Household Chemical Collection May 9; Market Days Drive-Thru, Art at the River Event Online

Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda

The Board of Supervisors’ next meeting is Tuesday, May 5. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and live streaming at The agenda can be viewed here. This is an electronic remote meeting.  

Public Works

The VPPSA Compost Facility reopens to the public on Monday, May 4. Credit cards and commercial accounts will be accepted for payment. The facility is located at the York County Waste Management Center, 145 Goodwin Neck Road, and is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details are available in the press release and at

The Household Chemical Collection and Computer Recycling event is being held Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Operations Drive (just off Goodwin Neck Road). Additional details are available in the press release and at

Tourism Development

In partnership with the Art at the River Committee, Tourism Development launched the Art at the River Virtual Art Show Facebook event, which runs through Sunday, May 3. The Facebook event includes images of the artists’ work as well as contact information for purchases. Twenty-five of the thirty-nine artists chosen earlier this year for the Art at the River Juried Art Show, scheduled to be held at Riverwalk Landing before the event was cancelled due to COVID-19, are participating in this online event.

Of the online event, participating artist Russ Turnage said, “Some really nice work! We shared it to my Facebook page. The customer I had today had never seen my work before and found me through the Visit Yorktown site. She made a significant purchase, very welcome during these difficult days.”

The Art at the River Virtual Art Show Facebook event is available at

The temporary drive-thru version of Yorktown Market Days at McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) kicked off Saturday, April 25. It was extremely successful with overwhelmingly positive feedback from the community! Overall, 220 cars passed through the MAC to pick up more than 350 pre-orders. This is primarily a Facebook Event (Yorktown Market Days) where vendors are individually sharing products, pricing, and pre-order information. The vast majority of our vendors do not have websites where they can list their inventory. For citizens without access to social media, we have also listed the vendors’ email addresses and phone numbers online under the “This Week at the Market” page so customers may reach out to them directly to see what they offer. This Saturday, May 2, is Virginia Farmers Market Week. We are part of a special campaign run by the Virginia Tourism Corporation to shine light on markets across the state that have modified operations to provide families with access to locally sourced, fresh, healthy food during the pandemic. 

One of our vendors, Birch Knoll Farm, stated: “I wanted to thank you for the marketing post. Yesterday was our best sales day, nearly doubling all other days. Thank you so much!”

April 24, 2020 - 4:00 pm

Board of Supervisors Approves Waiving of Online Payment Fees and Other Temporary Tax Relief

  • The Board of Supervisors held its meeting on Tuesday, April 21, during which an emergency session was held where the Board considered items related to the COVID-19 pandemic response. The Board approved all items including certain temporary forms of tax relief: waiving credit card convenience fees; reduction in penalties and interest on late tax and utility billing payments until September 30; and eliminating the bad check fees for payments made by electronic transfer due to account number entry errors. 

Of these measures, Treasurer Candice Kelley said “This is a challenging time for many of our residents and I am pleased the Board of Supervisors adopted this ordinance with various forms of relief. I hope the temporary elimination of credit card fees starting May 1, 2020 will encourage residents to make payments online.” The Treasurer’s Office website is available at

Also at the meeting, the Board held four public hearings related to the Fiscal Year 2021 proposed budget. The Board of Supervisors meeting is available to view on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and online at

Commissioner of the Revenue

Citizens are asked to conduct business via telephone, email, and website. Visit for contact information and the Forms portal. The Commissioner of the Revenue has installed a drop-box in the vestibule of the Finance Building, 120 Alexander Hamilton Boulevard, for citizens to use when dropping off forms.


The Supreme Court of Virginia issued an Order EXTENDING the declaration of a Judicial Emergency in response to COVID-19 wherein it is ordered that Non-Essential, Non-Emergency court proceedings in all circuit and general district courts be in effect May 17, 2020. Read the Declaration here.

COVID-19 Resources

York County has added a link to its “COVID Connections” page on its website – - that connects site visitors to the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission’s Hampton Roads COVID-19 Impact Planning Hub. The site provides information, maps/data, and resources concerning the COVID-19 pandemic impact on the York County and Hampton Roads area. The site provides information, maps/data, and resources concerning the COVID-19 pandemic impact on the Hampton Roads area.

Other resources on the County’s COVID Connections page include links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Virginia Hospital COVID-19 Dashboard, information on coronavirus scams, and more.

The closures/cancellations listing is regularly updated on the County’s website - – and is being shared on the County’s Facebook page -

For a listing of York County phone numbers, visit

April 17, 2020 - 3:30 pm

New Information re: County Programs/Services 

Board of Supervisors

The agenda for the Board of Supervisors April 21 meeting is available online at An emergency meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. where items related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be addressed. At 6:15 p.m., the Board’s regular meeting will commence with presentations by County Administrator Neil Morgan followed by the scheduled and advertised budget public hearings. There are four public hearing items on the agenda – Fiscal Year 2021 Budget, Notice of Real Property Tax Relief, Calendar Year 2020 Tax Rates, and Proposed County Code Amendment--Ambulance Transport Fees – and each has been assigned a telephone number for use by citizens wishing to provide a comment. 

All phone lines open at 6:00 p.m. and remain open until the close of the public hearing. Those who provide their name and address along with their comments will have their remarks read to the Board and included in the meeting minutes. The meeting is televised live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and available live and on demand at As is the case with all Board of Supervisors meetings, citizens may email comments to, which are received by all five Board members.

Emergency Communications

The York-Poquoson-Williamsburg 911 Center this week celebrates National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (April 12-18). During this pandemic, and in any emergency affecting an individual or an entire community, our Dispatchers provide calm and compassionate assistance to those in need. Our Dispatchers work in four shifts and all are utilizing masks and following facility sanitation procedures as they continue to provide excellent service to the community.

Recap of this Week’s Status Updates

County Administration

  • County Administrator Neil Morgan’s proposed fiscal year 2021 budget was presented to the Board of Supervisors at the March 17 meeting. However, due to the anticipated economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic, revisions to the budget have been proposed. A summary of revisions is available for review at These changes will be presented to the Board at its April 21 meeting and budget public hearing. The Board’s meeting agenda is available at
  • The County Administrator was interviewed on the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s “Peninsula Biz Buzz” program. Mr. Morgan talks about the upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting and budget process, as well as thoughts about how the region will emerge from this crisis. The program is available at 

Election Information

The deadline to register to vote in the June 23 primary—or to update your address or other registration information—is Monday, May 18. Absentee voting for the election will begin on May 8. Absentee voting is available for those who are concerned about going to their polling place because of COVID-19, will be out of their precinct on June 23, are unable to go to their polling place because of an illness or disability, and those who otherwise qualify to vote an absentee ballot. The deadline to apply to vote absentee online or by mail or email is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16. The deadline to apply to vote absentee in person is 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. In order to accommodate those who wish to vote absentee in person, the Registrar’s Office will be open Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, view the press release.