September 2020

September 25 - Status Update

Weather Looks Great for Sunday Stroll; Storm Debris Collection Update; Grant Program Expanded to Help More Local Businesses

Tourism Development Hosting “Yorktown Art Stroll” This Sunday

  • Head to the Yorktown Waterfront this Sunday, Sept. 27 to admire the work of more than 30 local artists! During this year’s Art Stroll, the Freight Shed and Riverwalk will be filled with hundreds of unique hand painted and handcrafted pieces. Shop for paintings, pottery, jewelry, and more. Support some of the area’s most talented artists while getting a jumpstart on your holiday shopping. Enjoy a live performance by Audio Portrait in the afternoon.  This event runs 10 to 5 and is free and open to the public. Social distancing applies. Facemasks required indoors. Learn more at Visit Yorktown.  
  • This evening’s kick-off of the free Rhythms on the Riverwalk concert series has been cancelled due to weather.  Ticket-holders are being notified by York County Tourism Development. Tickets for next Friday’s concert have already been reserved.  However, citizens are reminded to check back with the Visit Yorktown website in case tickets are released by individuals who can no longer attend.  These Friday evening concerts have a 250-person capacity.  For everyone’s safety, the fields are marked with socially distanced circles for use by ticketholders. Upon check-in, guests will receive wristbands to allow for re-entry if they leave the area once the concert has started. Please follow Visit Yorktown on Facebook for any concert-related announcements. You may also call the Weather Event Hotline at (757) 890-3520. 

Storm Debris Collections Nearly Complete

  • York County Public Works is wrapping up its special free storm debris collection program following August’s visit by Tropical Storm Isaias.  Over 1,400 piles of debris will have been collected once crews finish their final sweep of the County.  Regular yard debris collections begin Monday, October 5. Submit your yard debris request on our Customer Service Request Portal.  

Grant Program Expanded to Help Small Businesses/Non-Profits

  • The REBUILD! VA Small Business Grant program helps those businesses and non-profits that have had operations disrupted by COVID-19.  The program has been expanded to include other business categories and may receive up to three times their average monthly eligible expenses up to a maximum of $10,000.  Additional grants are available to our local, small businesses.  Complete details are available on our Economic Development website. 

Free COVID-19 Testing Available to York County Residents

  • Three free drive-thru or walk-up Coronavirus testing clinics are scheduled in the Williamsburg area and are open to York County residents age 12 and older – no appointment necessary. For more information, call the Peninsula Health District at (757) 594-7069.
    1. October 5, 4-7 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church, 3991 Longhill Road
    2. October 13, 4-7 p.m. at Little Zion Baptist Church, 8625 Pocahontas Trail
    3. October 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Williamsburg House of Mercy, 10 Harrison Avenue

District 5 Applicants Sought for Board of Equalization 

  • The Board of Equalization hears and considers a taxpayer’s appeal of their property’s real estate assessment as determined by the County’s Real Estate Assessor. This Board is charged with increasing, decreasing or maintaining the assessment. Members of the Board of Equalization must be County landowners and state law requires at least 30 percent of the members be knowledgeable real estate professionals.  Applicants are being sought from landowners in District 5. If you are interested in applying for appointment to this board, please visit our website. Training will occur in 2021 with hearings in early 2022.

September 18 - Status Update

Absentee Voting has Begun; Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concerts Begin September 25; Board of Supervisors Meeting Recap

Absentee Voting Has Begun; In-person Voting Available at Registrar’s Office locations in Yorktown and Williamsburg

Starting today (Friday, September 18), the York County Voter Registrar is mailing absentee ballots to those who submit a request. Absentee ballots are accompanied by a postage-paid envelope for voters to use when returning their completed ballot. A voter can return his or her ballot to either of the Registrar’s Office locations by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3. A voter may also return their ballot at their polling place on Election Day between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. If voters wish to mail their ballot back, it must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3, and received by noon on Friday, November 6.

Ballots may be returned in person or placed in a drop box at the Registrar’s Office locations: 5322 George Washington Memorial Highway (Washington Square Shopping Center) or 6614 Mooretown Road, Suite A (Victory Village Shopping Center).

Voters may also cast their vote in person at the Registrar’s Office locations now through Friday, October 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  No application is required to vote in person at these locations and on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

Additional voting information and absentee ballot applications are available on the Registrar’s website or by calling (757) 890-3440.

Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concerts Begin September 25; Free Tickets are Available for Entry into Outdoor Concert

York County Tourism is excited to announce the return of outdoor concerts to the waterfront! Three back-to-back Rhythms on the Riverwalk concerts with modified capacity to ensure safety begin Friday, September 25 and continue the following two Fridays featuring some of the area’s favorite bands. The BJ Griffin Band performs September 25, followed by Little Country on October 2, and ending with Good Shot Judy on October 9.  250 free tickets are available for each performance. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

  • Tickets can be reserved beginning today (Friday, September 18) on the Visit Yorktown homepage
  • There will be a minimum of two tickets per reservation and a maximum of four. 
  • Each person in your party is required to have a ticket, including children. 
  • Attendants must show their reservations, either printed from email or on their cell phones, to gain entry into the designated concert area. 
  • Gates open no earlier than 5:30 p.m. and concert goers must check in with a staff member to receive a wristband. Gates close promptly at 7 p.m. If you have not checked in, you will forfeit your seats. No exceptions.  
  • Attendees are required to space out using social circles within the concert area. These circles are not assigned but are instead on a first come, first served basis. 
  • Face masks are also required for entry and exit to the concert area. They may be removed during the performance once each party has entered its circle. 
  • Chairs, blankets, strollers and coolers are allowed but must remain within the designated circle. 
  • No one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted to enter the concert venue. 

 Board of Supervisors September 15 Meeting Recap

The Board of Supervisors September 15 meeting was held in person in York Hall.  Safety measures were in place, including limited seating to allow for social distancing and citizens were asked to wear a mask when not addressing the Board. Meeting details are available here. Meeting replays are always available to view online and are shown on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38). The October 6 meeting of the Board of Supervisors is a work session that will be held virtually. There is no public comment period during work sessions.  The meeting agenda will be posted online during the previous week.  

September 11 - Status Update

Governor Northam Eases Restrictions; Sister Cities French Market Coming Next Week; Storm Debris Collection Almost Complete; Small Business Grant Still Accepting Applications

Governor Northam Eases Restrictions on Hampton Roads

Yesterday, Governor Northam lifted the temporary restrictions that had been placed on Hampton Roads due to the increase of COVID-19 in our region.  We are now included with the rest of the state in Phase 3. 

Sister Cities French Market is September 19

Modeled after the market in Yorktown’s sister city Port-Vendres France, shoppers of Yorktown Market Days are invited to stock up on French favorites next Saturday, September 19,from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing. Customers will find fresh-baked breads and pastries; chocolates, macarons, and pies; crepes; soaps and handcrafted jewelry; and more! Enjoy a Wine Garden featuring French varieties, a silent auction and student exchange raffle. NEW this year…..visitors can take advantage of a French Flea Market filled with vintage and repurposed collectibles. More information is available on the Market Days website.   

Storm Debris Collection Nearing Completion

York County Public Works crews have been busy collecting storm debris left over from Tropical Storm Isaias that passed through our region on August 4.   Collections began Wednesday, August 12 and as of Wednesday, September 9, 1,237 piles of debris have been picked up for disposal.  Crews estimate that all yard debris will be collected in the next two to three weeks. For those you still waiting, thank you for your patience. We’re on our way Banbury Cross, Lackey, Dare, Seaford, Quaker Meetinghouse, Dandy, Kiln Creek, Foxwood, Wolftrap Road, and Yorktown Village! 

Funds Still Available Through COVID-19 Small Business Grant 

York County, in partnership with Williamsburg and Poquoson, is offering the COVID-19 Small Business Grant with up to $5,000 in recovery funding for eligible small businesses with 20 or fewer employees. Grants funds are still available to business owners 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.  Applications are now being accepted.  Visit the website for more information including eligibility requirements. 

Commissioner of the Revenue Offers Helpful Information to Unemployment Recipients

Ann Thomas, York County Commissioner of the Revenue, reminds individuals unemployment benefits are taxable and also that having taxes withheld from those benefits now will help you avoid owing taxes when you file your tax return next year. For more information, visit the IRS website. 

Reminder:  Board of Supervisors September 15 Meeting Scheduled for York Hall

The Board of Supervisors’ September 15 meeting will be held in person in the Board Room of York Hall, 301 Main Street, in historic Yorktown. There are seven public hearing items on the agenda as well as a comment period during which citizens may speak. Safety measures will be in place, including limited seating to allow for social distancing and citizens will be asked to wear a mask. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and at  The Board of Supervisors work sessions (typically the first meeting of each month) will continue to be held remotely. The second meeting of each month will be held in person as long as COVID-19 safety requirements can be met. 

September 4 - Status Update

BOS September 15 meeting scheduled for York Hall; Labor Day Weekend Concert Marathon on WYCG-TV; Senior Center Programs Returning; and more 

Board of Supervisors September 15 Meeting Scheduled for York Hall

  • The Board of Supervisors’ September 15 meeting will be held in the Board Room of York Hall, 301 Main Street, in historic Yorktown. There are seven public hearing items on the agenda as well as a comment period during which citizens may speak. All public comments will be taken in person at the meeting. No remote public participation/comments will be available, but citizens may submit comments via email prior to the meeting to  Safety measures will be in place, including limited seating to allow for social distancing and citizens will be asked to wear a mask. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and at  The Board of Supervisors work sessions (typically the first meeting of each month) will continue to be held remotely. The second meeting of each month will be held in person as long as COVID-19 safety requirements can be met.

Labor Day Concert Marathon Airing on WYCG-TV

  • We are pleased to announce the perfect soundtrack for your end of summer celebrations-- Sounds of Summer Virtual Labor Day Weekend Marathon on WYCG-TV! Tune in all weekend on Cox 46, Verizon 38 for concerts featuring the region’s favorite bands all taped live from a closed set at the Freight Shed when Visit Yorktown’s Sounds of Summer went virtual. For your listening and viewing pleasure, you can enjoy Slapnation, WOAH! and Tidewater Drive Band from Friday through Monday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight.   

Parks & Recreation Office/Virginia Cooperative Extension Reopen to the Public; Senior Center Programs Available

  • Located in Washington Square Shopping Center, the offices of Parks & Recreation and Virginia Cooperative Extension are open to assist the public with registrations and to answer questions about our programs. Citizens are asked to wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and follow social distancing guidelines when visiting these offices. Hours of operation are 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, unless otherwise posted.  These offices are closed on York County holidays. For more information, call Parks & Recreation at (757) 890-3500 or Virginia Cooperative Extension at (757) 890-4940. 
  • The Senior Center of York is once again offering programs to our seniors aged 55+ and their spouses regardless of age. Patrons must pre-register to participate in any of the following programs:  Art Time, Ping Pong, Bingo, Knitting Club, Quilting Club, Paint Nite, and Let’s Go to the Movies.  Registration deadline for these programs is two days before the activity date. Dates and times are available online.  The Senior Center remains closed to daily activity with doors opened to registered program participants only.  For more information, please call (757) 890-3444. 

Go Green Market is September 12

  • In collaboration with the County’s Department of Public Works and the York County Beautification Committee, the Yorktown Market Days September 12 event will Go Green and encourage shoppers to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  The market begins at 8 a.m. and continues until noon. At the market you will find free information to promote environmental sustainability as well as free reusable market bags for the first 500 customers.  Shoppers will have the opportunity to discuss growing practices with farmers, and select vendors will be offering recycling initiatives at their booths for future purchases. The visiting life-sized LOVE letters will also be turned green for the day as a photo opportunity for visitors. For more information, call York County Tourism Development at (757) 890-5900 or visit the Market Days website.

York County Recognized as a 2020 Digital Counties Survey Winner

  • York County has once again been named one of the nation’s top digital counties by The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo)! York County placed seventh in the category of counties with a population of 150,000 or less. This designation is given to counties with the best technology practices, including initiatives that streamline delivery of services, enhanced cybersecurity initiatives, disaster response and recovery efforts, and more. The CDG press release contains additional information.  

Planning Commission September 9 Meeting Cancelled

  • There were no applications on the September Planning Commission agenda. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14. For more information, visit the website or call (757) 890-3404.

Reminder:  County Offices Closed on Monday, September 7 for Labor Day; Changes to Recycling Collection, Garbage Not Affected by Holiday

  • Just a reminder that York County Offices, Courts, Libraries, York-Poquoson Social Services, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the Administrative Offices of the Waste Management Center are closed on Monday, September 7.