August 2020

August 28 - Status Update

Rent/Mortgage Assistance; LOVE Letters Visit Extended; WanderLOVE Market Replaces Wine Festival October 3; Fall Recreational Programs Accepting Registration; Library Activity Kits and Homework Help  

Rent and Mortgage Assistance Available for Qualified Applicants

  • York-Poquoson Social Services understands that COVID-19 has caused many residents to experience personal finance challenges and wants to make sure our residents know they may qualify for the Rent and Mortgage Relief Program.  Financial assistance is available to those directly impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak from April 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020.   Basic eligibility criteria includes:
  1. Must have a lease, mortgage, or documentation of a landlord-tenant relationship
  2. Must have suffered a loss of income due to COVID-19
  3. Rent/Mortgage must be at/below Fair Market Rent
  4. Income must be at/below 80% Area Median Income

If you live in lower York County, apply by calling the Hampton Roads Community Action Program at (757) 247-0379. For those who reside in upper York County, applications may be made by calling the Community Resource Center at (757) 229-2222. 

Tourism Development: LOVE Letters Here Until Sept. 20; Extended Market Days on October 3 

  • The visiting LOVE Letters, on loan from the Virginia Tourism Corporation, have extended their stay in Yorktown a little longer. We are excited to announce the life-sized artwork currently set up between the Freight Shed and Water Street Grille will remain in place through September 20. The letters will transition from white to green leading up to the inaugural Go Green Market on September 12 – a collaboration between Tourism Development, the Department of Public Works, and the York County Beautification Committee. LOVE will also stay up through the Sister Cities French Market the following Saturday. 
  • The difficult decision has been made to cancel this year’s Wine Festival scheduled for October 3. This was the most responsible decision for public safety, given the social nature of this event and the inclination to gather in groups while consuming alcohol. In addition to social distancing challenges—in response to the pandemic—many of the vineyards that typically travel to Yorktown for the festival have cancelled outreach efforts and tastings beyond their own respective locations. Organizers of the festival felt it would be difficult to deliver the experience ticket buyers have come to expect from this popular annual event. With the cancellation of the Wine Festival, Yorktown Market Days will be held that day with extended hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This themed WanderLOVE Market will be a day to focus on celebrating Yorktown. Please stay tuned for more details about involvement from community partners and small businesses in this new venture. Yorktown Market Days is an open air market that enforces required spacing between vendors and is set up to avoid congestion in typically high-traffic areas. Vendors and staff are required to wear face coverings and those who shop are requested to do the same. Anyone with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to someone with the virus, is not permitted to shop the market.

Library Offers Activity To-Go Kits; Library Cards for Kids; Homework Help Resources!

  • The York County Public Libraries have Activity To-Go Kits available for children to enjoy at home! These kits are similar to the popular activities included in the 2020 Summer Reading Program.  Kits available beginning in September are Science Kit: Grow Crystals, Preschool Story Kit: Colors; Pirates Week; Craft Kit: Ojo de Dios; and Tiny & Toddler Story Kit: Getting Dressed. Complete information is available in this week’s press release
  • Parents or guardians can sign up children ages 4 and up for a library card by visiting one of our two convenient branch locations with a photo ID and proof of residence. Children ages 4 to 16 get a special gift if they get a library card during the month of September.  Digital library cards are also available and are valid for three months. Details are available online. 
  • The Homework Help page is a must-see resource for parents and students.  Links lead to online stories and games, ebooks, videos, shortcuts to live zoo webcams, and recommended educational websites.   

Parks & Recreation Offers Fall Programming

  • Registration is currently open for tennis lessons for youth and adults, and adult tennis leagues.  Also, a few spaces remain in the six-week Pick-Up Pickleball Program, suitable for all skill levels.  Visit the Parks & Recreation website for details and to register. 

Board of Supervisors September 1 Agenda Online

  • The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors is Tuesday, September 1, 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.

August 21 - Status Update

New Trolley Coming Soon; Grant Funds Still Available for Small Businesses; Storm Debris Collection Continues; Calendar Photo Contest!

Tourism Development: New Yorktown Trolley Coming Soon

• The Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA) is wrapping up its inspections of our newest Trolley (number 5 in our fleet) and we expect it to be delivered to us in the very near future. Additionally, ETA Transit is in town updating hardware on Trolleys 3 and 4, as well as performing testing and commissioning for Trolley 5’s online SPOT ETA program, which lets you follow the Trolley's location and gives an estimated time of its arrival at various attractions. Soon the entire Historic Yorktown Trolley fleet will be outfitted with this cutting edge technology, and we will begin to maximize the program’s potential. For more on this technology, please see the website.

• As we transition into the later part of the summer, we are saying farewell to our part-time summer employees heading off to college and saying hello to new staff to carry us through the remainder of the year. All new part-time staff are cross-trained, making them able to perform a variety of assignments.

Funds Still Available Through COVID-19 Small Business Grant

• The COVID-19 Small Business Grant, which offers up to $5,000 in recovery funding for eligible businesses, still has over $250,000 in grant funds available. Business owners are encouraged to submit an application for reimbursement of qualifying expenses, including purchases of protective supplies, tools, equipment, or inventory; cleaning services or supplies; property improvements or renovations to accommodate social distancing or outdoor dining, recreation, services, etc.; payment for rent or mortgages during times of required business closure and/or modification; and other qualifying expenses incurred following the State reopening requirements. Visit the website for more information including eligibility requirements.

Tropical Storm Isaias Yard Debris Collections Going Strong

• The County’s collection of Tropical Storm Isaias yard debris that came down during the August 4 storm continues, and crews report having reached over 400 homes! We’ve received over 1,200 requests for storm debris collection, meaning we are about one-third of the way through the list. When possible, we have three trucks working to pick up the debris and crews hope to work through the list over the next four weeks. Thanks to everyone for their patience.

Citizens are reminded they may deliver materials to the VPPSA Compost Facility, 145 Goodwin Neck Road, Yorktown, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residential and commercial yard debris deliveries of materials up to 24 inches in diameter and 10 feet in length are accepted at the drop-off site.

District 1 and 4 Volunteers Sought for Community Services Grant Advisory Committee

• This committee serves as an advisory body to the Board regarding the allocation of grants to civic and cultural organizations that are awarded for a fiscal year. The committee is comprised of one member from each voting district and meets in January, February and March to discuss allocations for the upcoming fiscal year. Details are available in the press release.

Beautification Committee Seeking Photos for Calendar Contest!

• Each year, the County’s Department of Public Works and its Beautification Committee produce a calendar containing helpful information about environmental programs, popular events, and important meeting reminders. To illustrate the calendar, the committee holds an art contest where citizens submit their work for consideration. The selected artworks are used in the calendar and on its cover. Winners receive a cash prize! This year, the Committee is asking for amateur County photographers to submit their photos of pollinators – flowers, bees, etc. Information regarding photo specifications and submission information is available online. The deadline to submit photos is October 1.

Board of Supervisors August 18 Meeting Online, TV

• The Board of Supervisors August 18 meeting was held remotely. 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 September 1. The meeting agenda will be posted online during the previous week.

August 14 - Status Update

Citizen News Online; Pirates Invade Yorktown Market; Virtual Safety Town; Fire Station Earns LEED Silver Certification; Tropical Storm Debris Collection Begins

Read All About It! Latest Citizen News Available Online

  • The fall edition of York County’s quarterly newsletter is now available exclusively online. This is the second issue of the newsletter to be placed on the website and contains up-to-date information about County programs and upcoming events/activities.  Inside this issue:  Business Grant Programs, School Division, Special Events like Art Stroll and Rhythms on the Riverwalk, Fire & Life Safety Tips, and so much more! 

Shiver Me Timbers! Pirates Set to Invade Yorktown Market Days

  • Yorktown Market Days joined hundreds of other markets across the country last Saturday to celebrate National Farmers Market Week. Hundreds of customers came out to show their support for these small businesses! The life-sized LOVE letters on loan from the Virginia Tourism Corporation were on display the week leading up to NFMW. The LOVE letters will remain on display through this Saturday’s Pirate Invasion Market which is the first extended market of the season (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)—allowing the community to shop an additional three hours for seasonal produce; poultry and seafood; jams, honey, and sauces; fresh flowers; baked goods and more. The Fifes and Drums of York Town will play at 9 a.m. with live music from Phil Poteat beginning at 10. A town-wide virtual Treasure Hunt will extend from Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters up on Main Street down to the Watermen’s Museum. In the spirit of the pirate market, several restaurants will offer themed specials and other kid-friendly menu options for the day. The Schooner Alliance will also have tickets available for its morning Pirate Adventure Cruise. 

Safety Town is Another York County Tradition Made Virtual

  • Virtual Safety Town materials are now available online.  Because of COVID-19 restrictions, this summer’s program for rising Kindergarteners was cancelled, the first time in over 25 years. To help ensure families have those important conversations together, the topics of each week’s lessons are posted according to theme and day. Look for parent resources including videos you can watch together with your children, printable materials on every topic, and many hands-on activities for your child to learn from and enjoy. 

York County Fire Station #1 Earns LEED Silver Certification

  • With a mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), has recognized York County Fire Station #1 as being built and operated to enable an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.  Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points for various green building strategies across several categories based on the number of points achieved. Our new Fire Station #1 was just certified Silver. A LEED credential denotes proficiency in today’s sustainable design, construction and operations and is the standard for green buildings and communities worldwide. 

Tropical Storm Isaias Yard Debris Collections Begin

  • Yard debris collections have started for materials brought down during Tropical Storm Isaias last week.  Residents were given one week in which to sign up for a curbside collection of storm debris. Over 1,000 residents requested storm debris pickup. As a reminder, by this time all debris should be placed at the roadside for collection.  Also: 
  • Acceptable material size for curbside collection is 8 inches in diameter and 10 feet in length
  • Loose yard debris, grass, leaves, and straw must be placed in clear bags
  • Stumps, dirt or debris with dirt, construction debris and other materials cannot be collected 

Citizens may deliver materials to the VPPSA Compost Facility, 145 Goodwin Neck Road, Yorktown, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residential and commercial yard debris deliveries of materials up to 24 inches in diameter and 10 feet in length are accepted.

Board of Supervisors August 18 Agenda Online

  • The Board of Supervisors’ next meeting is Tuesday, August 18. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and live streaming at www.yorkcounty.gov/tv.  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.

Status Update - August 7, 2020 Storm Debris Pickup; Virtual Sounds of Summer Concerts; Libraries Now Open; Master Gardener Plant Sale with COVID-19 Safety Measures; BOS Meeting Reminder

County Offers Storm Debris Pickup Following Tropical Storm Isaias

  • After Tropical Storm Isaias passed through our region on Tuesday, many residents found their yards littered with tree limbs, leaves, pine needles, and other vegetative debris. As a result, York County is offering a free storm debris pick-up to residents registering by close of business Tuesday, August 11.  Individuals may request a storm debris collection online or by calling our Waste Management Center at (757) 890-3780.

 Tourism Development Hosts Virtual Sounds of Summer Concerts

  • Tourism held the first real-time virtual Sounds of Summer concert last Thursday, July 30, with local favorite Slapnation and things went great.  We had more than 2,700 viewers tune in through Facebook live and another 397 through the York County YouTube channel. Tourism live-streamed the Thursday, August 6 concert featuring WOAH and will be live streaming one other popular band on Thursday, August 13 featuring Tidewater Drive Band.  This creative approach helps serve our customers and keep our brand alive until we can return to the outdoor concerts at the Waterfront.  This series is a collaborative effort between York County Tourism Development, WYCG-TV, and Department of Information Technology.  A special thank you to James River Audio Visual for their support and services. 

 York County Public Libraries Now Open

  • The planned reopening of the York County Public Libraries was delayed one day due to Tropical Storm Isaias. The doors opened on the morning of Wednesday, August 5 and staff was happy to welcome patrons back into the facilities.  As a reminder, library hours of operation are: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Both libraries will be closed on Sunday and Monday.  The first hour of each day (10-11 a.m.) will be reserved for senior citizens and at-risk individuals.
    • Patrons are required to wear a face covering or mask and practice social distancing guidelines while in the library.
    • All returned items will continue to be quarantined for 72 hours. 
    • Book drops will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    • In-house programs, study rooms and meeting rooms will not be available at this time.
    • Curbside pickup remains available to those who are not able to enter the building.

 Master Gardener Plant Sale Saturday, August 15

  • The York-Poquoson Master Gardeners Plant Sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, August 15.  This is an extremely popular event that typically sees hundreds of people attend to purchase trees, shrubs, perennials, and more.  Next Saturday’s event will incorporate COVID-19 safety measures, including the requirement that all patrons wear a mask, practice safe social distancing, and follow a one-way path through the sale before exiting at a holding/loading area.  Complete details are available in the press release.

 Board of Supervisors August Work Session Cancelled

  • The August 4 Board of Supervisors work session was cancelled due to Tropical Storm Isaias.   All items requiring Board action will appear on the August 18 meeting agenda, which will be posted here when it is finalized.