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 www.yorkcounty.gov/treasurer.

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 www.yorkcounty.gov/tv.

Commissioner of the Revenue

Citizens are asked to conduct business via telephone, email, and website. Visit www.yorkcounty.gov/revenue 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.

Courts

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 – www.yorkcounty.gov - 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 - www.yorkcounty.gov – and is being shared on the County’s Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/yorkcountyva/.

For a listing of York County phone numbers, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/directory.

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 https://www.yorkcounty.gov/1526/Agenda. 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 www.yorkcounty.gov/tv. As is the case with all Board of Supervisors meetings, citizens may email comments to bos@yorkcounty.gov, 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. (Photos of our shifts can be found here)

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 www.yorkcounty.gov/budget. 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 www.yorkcounty.gov/bos.
  • 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci8VxLgbans&feature=youtu.be. 

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.

April 15, 2020 - 4:30 pm

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 from the COVID-19 pandemic, revisions to the budget have been proposed. A summary of revisions is available for review at www.yorkcounty.gov/budget. 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 www.yorkcounty.gov/bos.
  • 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci8VxLgbans&feature=youtu.be. 

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.

The closures/cancellations listing is regularly updated on the County’s website - www.yorkcounty.gov – and is being shared on the County’s Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/yorkcountyva/.

For a listing of York County phone numbers, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/directory.

April 10, 2020 - 3:00 pm 

New Information re: County Programs/Services

Clerk of Circuit Court

The Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office is closed to the public and no appointments are being taken. However, the office staff continues to transact business, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 pm. Citizens are encouraged to utilize the online services - www.ypcircuitcourt.com. In addition, the Clerk of Circuit Court has a drop box available at the Courthouse for individuals who wish to submit Criminal Filings, Civil Filings, Land Recordings, payments, and any other correspondence. *Please do not submit cash. The drop-box will be checked periodically throughout the day between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday. 

Economic Development

The non-profit Virginia 30 Day Fund provides forgivable loans for Virginia-based small businesses. The forgivable loan is intended to provide immediate financial assistance (within maximum three days) to meet payroll, preserve healthcare coverage for employees and save jobs while they await recently approved federal funding. For more information or to apply, visit https://va30dayfund.com/apply/. Businesses are urged to check back with the Economic Development website often as resources are added and updated regularly: www.YesYorkCounty.com

Parks & Recreation

To further promote safe social distancing, York County has closed the basketball courts at Charles Brown Park, Kiln Creek Park, and New Quarter Park. 

Recap of this Week’s Status Updates 

Dr. Steve Julian Video Conferences with York, James City, and Williamsburg Officials Answering Citizen Questions

  • York County Administrator Neil Morgan, James City County Administrator Scott Stevens, and Williamsburg City Manager Andrew Trivette spoke with Dr. Steve Julian, Acting Director of the Peninsula Health Department, via teleconference. Mr. Morgan, Mr. Stevens, and Mr. Trivette asked Dr. Julian a series of questions that were submitted by citizens over the past several days. Watch the interview for Dr. Julian’s information regarding testing, virus spread, and more. The interview – and answers to your questions – is online at https://youtu.be/U-HMrA4-lwg and on the County’s website – www.yorkcounty.gov. 

Economic Development

Business owners seeking information regarding the Paycheck Protection Program will find helpful information at www.YesYorkCounty.com. Select the link at the top of the page under the Alert Center, which will lead you directly to helpful links and resources. 

Tourism Development

Yorktown Market Days returns April 25 with a drive-thru market at the McReynolds Athletic Complex! View the details in the recently released information here.

The closures/cancellations listing is regularly updated on the County’s website - www.yorkcounty.gov – and is being shared on the County’s Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/yorkcountyva/.

For a listing of York County phone numbers, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/directory.

April 7, 2020

Dr. Steve Julian Video Conferences with York, James City, and Williamsburg Officials Answering Citizen Questions

  • York County Administrator Neil Morgan, James City County Administrator Scott Stevens, and Williamsburg City Manager Andrew Trivette spoke with Dr. Steve Julian, Acting Director of the Peninsula Health Department, via teleconference. Mr. Morgan, Mr. Stevens, and Mr. Trivette asked Dr. Julian a series of questions that were submitted by citizens over the past several days. Watch the interview for Dr. Julian’s information regarding testing, virus spread, and more. The interview – and answers to your questions – is online at https://youtu.be/U-HMrA4-lwg and on the County’s website – www.yorkcounty.gov. 

Economic Development

Business owners seeking information regarding the Paycheck Protection Program will find helpful information at www.YesYorkCounty.com. Select the link at the top of the page under the Alert Center, which will lead you directly to helpful links and resources. 

Tourism Development

Yorktown Market Days returns April 25 with a drive-thru market at the McReynolds Athletic Complex! View the details in the recently released information here. 

The closures/cancellations listing is regularly updated on the County’s website - www.yorkcounty.gov – and is being shared on the County’s Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/yorkcountyva/.

For a listing of York County phone numbers, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/directory.

April 6, 2020 - 5:00 pm

The York-Poquoson Courthouse will resume business tomorrow, Tuesday, April 7. Please remember that services are limited. Please call the Clerk of the Court you need to transact business with to determine their hours and availability.  

April 5, 2020 - 1:00 pm

News from the Sheriff’s Office:
A York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Courthouse Deputy has tested positive for the Coronavirus.

The York-Poquoson Courthouse will be closed on Monday, April 6, 2020, to allow for a thorough cleaning. We will keep you updated with any new developments as well as any decisions regarding Courthouse closings.

April 3, 2020 - 3:00 pm

Governor Northam’s Executive Order Fifty-Five, announced and effective Monday, March 30, expands the closure of offices/facilities through June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order. According to a press release from the Governor’s office, the order directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Three, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements.

New Information re: County Programs/Services

Courts

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 and continue beginning April 6 through April 26, 2020. Read the Declaration here. 

Library

The Tabb and Yorktown branches of the York County Public Library remain closed to the public. However, library staff has been working with the County’s WYCG-TV staff in producing several video tutorials on using the library’s new website, acquiring a library card, accessing the Overdrive Digital Collection, and more. These videos are available on the Library’s website – www.yorkcounty.gov/library. 

Recap of this Week’s Status Updates 

County-Sponsored Special Events

In accordance with the Governor’s “Temporary Stay at Home Order” (EO-55), all county-sponsored special events scheduled at the waterfront during the month of May have been either cancelled or postponed.

The Art at the River Juried Art Show originally scheduled for Sunday, May 3 is cancelled. The Art at the River Committee has opted to cancel vs postpone and is looking forward to the return of this prestigious community event on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

The hope at this time is for the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 2 to be moved to a later date yet to be determined.

All waterfront Yorktown Market Days have been cancelled through May 30, including the Wellness Market on May 9.

The York County Historical Committee’s Memorial Day Ceremony scheduled for Monday, May 25 at York Hall will also not take place this year. 

Reminder: all April events previously cancelled or postponed include Civil War Weekend; YMCA 10K/5K/1-mile Family Fun Run; Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters’ Backyard Oyster Roast; Go Green opening Farmers Market; Ferrari Invasion; Sister Cities French Market and Pirates Invade Yorktown Festival. Any June events, including the Sounds of Summer series, will be evaluated at a later date. All announcements and updates can be found at www.visityorktown.org

Parks & Recreation

County parks are open. In order to keep them open, we must all practice social distancing and be in compliance with Governor Ralph Northam’s Stay at Home Order, issued Monday, March 30.

Social distance of six feet apart at all times

No groups of more than 10 people

Exercise at our parks is meant for individuals and not groups

The following restrictions are now in place for public health and safety:

Organized group practices are not permitted regardless of the number

All playgrounds are closed

All beaches are closed

Fishing Pier at Yorktown Waterfront is closed

All School fields in York County are closed to the public

For more information, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec or call

(757) 890-3500. 

Riverwalk Landing/Yorktown Beach

The Yorktown Beach is closed to all activity. This includes the National Park Service Beach Picnic Area and beach located west of the Coleman Bridge.

The Riverwalk Landing pathway is open for pedestrians. Rules of social distancing apply (stay six feet apart) with group size limited to no more than 10 people.

The Riverwalk Landing Piers remain closed (as announced March 24) to all local recreational boaters, transient boaters, and boaters working on the water, which includes the restroom facilities. These steps are taken to keep in compliance with CDC recommendations to stop the spread of COVID-19. At this time, the dockmaster’s office will not be accepting any reservations and asks that all boaters avoid coming into our piers unless they are in need of immediate assistance. For questions, and concerns, please call (757) 890-3370 or email dockmaster@yorkcounty.gov.

The Yorktown Fishing Pier is closed.

All public parking areas are closed, included the Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace, National Park Service Beach Picnic Area, Archer Cottage Lot (corner of Read and Water Streets), York Hall (301 Main Street), Yorktown Battlefield and Church Street lots.

All public restroom facilities are closed. 

Sheriff’s Office

Reminder: Visiting school or county playgrounds at this time is a violation of the Virginia State Code for trespassing. We hope that all citizens will respect this necessary change to operations and adhere to the Governor’s orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. When encountering anyone in violation of these orders, the Sheriff’s Office will first request voluntary compliance and, in cases where someone refuses to leave a closed property or repeatedly returns after being warned, formal charges would be considered. For more information, please call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number – (757) 890-3621.

If you witness a crime in progress or if there is an emergency, dial 911. Online reporting is available for citizens to file a crime report for certain offenses. Details and the online form are available at www.yorkcounty.gov/1008/Reporting-a-Crime. Citizens may call the no-emergency phone line to report a crime or ask a question: (757) 890-3621. 

Waste Management Center

With this week’s closure of the VPPSA Compost Facility located at the Waste Management Center, County staff are working to provide limited service to citizens and local contractors with essential yard waste disposal needs who are delivering these materials to the Waste Management Center. Upon arrival, those with yard debris will be directed to an alternate location on-site to drop off limbs, branches, and clear bags of natural yard waste. Also, during VPPSA’s temporary closure, citizens are reminded that the County has a Curbside Yard Debris Collection program. Details are available online at www.yorkcounty.gov/dpw or by calling (757) 890-3780. Citizens may schedule a yard debris pickup by phone or through our online Customer Service Request.

The Waste Management Center remains open to citizens for the drop off of garbage and recyclables.

Residents dropping off metal items (such as appliances, bicycles, etc.) should follow on-site instructions provided by the scale operator.

Citizens with household chemicals are asked to store them in a safe location at their homes until the next household chemical collection event can be scheduled.

The closures/cancellations listing is regularly updated on the County’s website - www.yorkcounty.gov – and is being shared on the County’s Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/yorkcountyva/.

For a listing of York County phone numbers, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/directory.

April 2, 2020 - 3:00 pm

As stated yesterday, VPPSA closed its Compost Facility located at the Waste Management Center beginning Friday April 3. During this temporary closure, citizens should utilize the County’s Curbside Yard Debris Collection program by calling (757) 890-3780 or through our online Customer Service Request.

In the interim, County staff will do its best to provide limited service. Citizens and local contractors with essential yard waste disposal needs who are delivering these materials to the Waste Management Center will be directed to an alternate location on-site to drop off limbs, branches, and clear bags of natural yard waste. 

Rules for Curbside Yard Debris Collections

York County residents have the opportunity to schedule a special yard debris collection for items such as limbs, branches, and clear bags of natural yard waste by calling (757) 890-3780 or online through the Customer Service Request portal - www.yorkcounty.gov/813/Customer-Service-Request.

Acceptable material size for curbside pickup is 8” in diameter and 10’ in length.

All residents who subscribe to the County’s curbside solid waste program may schedule two yard debris collections per 30 day period (approximately 24 cubic yards) at a rate of $25 per collection. Each additional load picked up within 30 days after the first collection will cost an additional $100 per load. Non-subscribers to the County’s solid waste program may schedule up to two collections within a 30 day period at a rate of $75 per pickup.

Loose yard debris, grass, leaves and straw must be placed in clear bags.

Stumps, dirt or debris with dirt, construction materials, and other items cannot be collected.

Materials placed for scheduled collections must be at the front roadside by 7 a.m. on Monday or your collection week.

April 1, 2020 - 4:00 pm

Governor Northam’s Executive Order Fifty-Five, announced and effective Monday, March 30, expands the closure of offices/facilities through June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order. According to a press release from the Governor’s office, the order directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Three, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements.

Parks & Recreation

County parks are open. In order to keep them open, we must all practice social distancing and be in compliance with Governor Ralph Northam’s Stay at Home Order, issued Monday, March 30.

  • Social distance of six feet apart at all times
  • No groups of more than 10 people
  • Exercise at our parks is meant for individuals and not groups

The following restrictions are now in place for public health and safety:

  • Organized group practices are not permitted regardless of the number
  • All playgrounds are closed
  • All beaches are closed
  • Fishing Pier at Yorktown Waterfront is closed
  • All School fields in York County are closed to the public

For more information, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec or call (757) 890-3500.

Riverwalk Landing Piers

The Riverwalk Landing Piers remain closed (as announced March 24) to all local recreational boaters, transient boaters, and boaters working on the water, which includes the restroom facilities. These steps are taken to keep in compliance with CDC recommendations to stop the spread of COVID-19. At this time, the dockmaster’s office will not be accepting any reservations and asks that all boaters avoid coming into our piers unless they are in need of immediate assistance. For questions, and concerns, please call (757) 890-3370 or email dockmaster@yorkcounty.gov.

Sheriff’s Office

Reminder: Visiting school or county playgrounds at this time is a violation of the Virginia State Code for trespassing. We hope that all citizens will respect this necessary change to operations and adhere to the Governor’s orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. When encountering anyone in violation of these orders, the Sheriff’s Office will first request voluntary compliance and, in cases where someone refuses to leave a closed property or repeatedly returns after being warned, formal charges would be considered. For more information, please call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number – (757) 890-3621. 

VPPSA Compost Facility (located at the Waste Management Center)

Beginning Friday, April 3, the VPPSA Compost Facility will be closed to the public. No residents or businesses will be able to access the compost facility to purchase compost/mulch materials or to drop-off vegetative debris.

Curbside Yard Debris Collections

York County residents have the opportunity to schedule a special yard debris collection for items such as limbs, branches, and clear bags of natural yard waste by calling (757) 890-3780 or online through the Customer Service Request portal - www.yorkcounty.gov/813/Customer-Service-Request.

Acceptable material size for curbside pickup is 8” in diameter and 10’ in length.

All residents who subscribe to the County’s curbside solid waste program may schedule two yard debris collections per 30 day period (approximately 24 cubic yards) at a rate of $25 per collection. Each additional load picked up within 30 days after the first collection will cost an additional $100 per load. Non-subscribers to the County’s solid waste program may schedule up to two collections within a 30 day period at a rate of $75 per pickup.

Loose yard debris, grass, leaves and straw must be placed in clear bags.

Stumps, dirt or debris with dirt, construction materials, and other items cannot be collected.

Materials placed for scheduled collections must be at the front roadside by 7 a.m. on Monday of your collection week.

Waste Management Center 

The Waste Management Center remains open to citizens for the drop off of garbage and recyclables.

Residents dropping off metal items (such as appliances, bicycles, etc.) should follow onsite instructions provided by the scale operator.

Citizens are asked to keep their household chemicals at home until the next chemical collection event can be scheduled.

The closures/cancellations listing is regularly updated on the County’s website - www.yorkcounty.gov – and is being shared on the County’s Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/yorkcountyva/.

For a listing of York County phone numbers, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/directory.