February 2022

Citizen News Weekly

February 25, 2022

Coming Up -- Winter Markets, Registration for Kids Programs, Household Chemical and Shredding Events

Markets Continue at Riverwalk Landing

Grab your coat and join us at the Winter Market tomorrow (2/26) fromWinter Markets 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many of your favorite vendors are scheduled to be there selling baked goods, chocolates, fresh produce, original art and more. For the complete list of this weekend’s vendors, click over to the Visit Yorktown website.  Two more Winter Markets are scheduled: March 5 and March 12.  Yorktown Market Days return on April 9 for the full season with markets on Saturdays through October 29.  And check out the Riverwalk Landing statues, looking better than ever and ready to greet visitors. Statues - Feb 2022
Spring Edition of Citizen News Quarterly Now Online

Citizen News QuarterlyThe 12-page newsletter is available for easy reading and downloading from the County’s website.  In this issue….ways in which you can get involved in local government and how to stay informed and #stayengaged. Also, information about events, registration deadlines, and services offered by York County are included.  The publication is presented with easy page turning, zoom in/out option for readability, pop-outs of articles for saving or sharing, and archives of prior issues.

Household Chemical Collection/Paper Shredding Events Begin in March

York County’s collection events begin Saturday, March 12, and continue every other month through November. From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the County’s Operations Center (105 Service Drive), citizens may bring their household chemicals for safe disposal and also their computers for recycling. Paper shredding is back by popular demand! Citizens may bring up to five boxes of paperwork for free and safe disposal. All of these VPPSA events are open to citizens of the member jurisdictions:  York County, Williamsburg, James City County, Hampton and Poquoson.  Please note that only York County’s events offer regular free paper shredding.  For a complete list of acceptable materials and the schedule of events, visit the Waste Management website. household chemical
Registration Opens Next Week for Spring Dance, Art Classes 

Parks and Recreation has great classes for kids this spring. Registration begins Tuesday (3/1) for ballet and ballet/tap classes for childen ages 4-12.  Classes begin in April and are held at Seaford Elementary School, 1105 Seaford Road. Register for dance classes here. Kids in grades 1-5 can explore a variety of arts and crafts in these spring youth art classes: Let’s Make Art II, Collage, and Drawing & Painting. Classes begin in April and are held at the Senior Center of York. Register for art classes here. dance class
Additional Notes for the Week…

Public Hearing 3-1

The draft of the 2022 Hampton Roads Hazard Mitigation Plan is available to review online. The public is invited to a Zoom meeting where they can learn more about the Plan and provide their comments. The link to the document and Zoom instructions are on the County’s website.     The Great American Clean Up is March 25 and 26 – only four weeks away! Be sure to gather your team, sign up with the County and be a part of this community-wide event. More information is available on the Waste Management Center website.   

Parks and Recreation

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

Citizen News Weekly

February 18, 2022

Special Public Hearing; Quarterly News Preview; Parks and Rec Announcements

Public Hearing on Redistricting is March 1York Hall

The 2020 Census results indicated a disparity in population growth among the County’s five districts. Because of this, the County has proposed a redistricting.  The proposal, available to view on the Board of Supervisors website, affects the least number of people and is in keeping with the government’s guidance of “compact and contiguous.”  The Board of Supervisors is holding a Special Public Hearing on this item at 6 p.m. on March 1 in the Board Room of York Hall, 301 Main Street (pictured). Citizens are invited to attend and provide their input on the redistricting proposal. Once finalized, any affected voters will be mailed a new voter card with the location of their new polling place. 

Look for Citizen News Quarterly Edition Online Next Week

Our 12-page online newsletter is scheduled to be published early next week. Among the items in this issue: ways in which you can get involved with your County government and how to best receive accurate and timely information, a calendar of upcoming events, Library news, and a message from the County Administrator.  Look for the latest edition next week on the County’s website.  If you are signed up for Citizen News, you will be emailed as soon as it’s posted. 

Valentine’s Market a HUGE Success

TrolleyThe weather was gorgeous, the vendors were set up, and when the market closed at 2 p.m., items were sold out and an estimated 2,000 people had shopped the Valentine’s Market!  While we can’t guarantee the same weather for the next market on February 26, we can state with certainty that we will have a variety of great items for you to pick up.  The Yorktown Trolley is running its route during the Winter Markets, beginning at 10 a.m.  Several stops are located at parking areas throughout town, with the Trolley dropping you off at Riverwalk Landing – just a few steps from the Market location. We hope to see you February 26!  Complete details are available on the Visit Yorktown website. 

Don’t Miss These March 1 Tax Filing Deadlines

Are you a business owner? If so, don’t forget to renew your business license by March 1. Also due March 1, Tax Return of Business Tangible Personal Property and Machinery and Tools, and the Tax Return of Tangible Personal Property for Manufactured (Mobile) Homes. The Commissioner of the Revenue’s website has resources to help you renew and pay for your business license and to file other forms. 

Open Gym Basketball for 18 & Up Begins February 27

Not interested in league play but like to get out and shoot some hoops?  York County Parks and Recreation is launching open gym adult basketball every Sunday at Coventry Elementary School gym starting this month. This free opportunity for fitness and fun is from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays, February 27 through April 10. For more information, please send an email to Parks and Recreation.  Picture ID required. 

Additional Notes for the Week…..Register by February 28 for Adult Softball. Games will be held at Chisman Creek Park and/or the McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC). Registration is available on the Parks and Recreation website.     The deadline to nominate a high school-aged teen for one of our Outstanding Youth Awards has been extended to March 3! Four $1,000 educational scholarships will be awarded for Courage, Compassion, Community Service and Overall Achievement.  Application materials are available online

Presidents Day 2-21

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

Citizen News Weekly

February 11, 2022

Great Day for a Market; Student Volunteer and Scholarship Opportunities; Historical Committee's Free Lecture Series Resumes

Love is in the Air at Tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day Market

It will feel like spring tomorrow with temps forecast in the low to mid 60s . . . the perfect weather to come to Yorktown and enjoy the Valentine’s Market. Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and peruse the tables of fresh produce and baked goods, coffee and tea, snacks and sweets, original art, and the best backdrop (Riverwalk Landing and the York River) that anyone could ask for. While you’re there, take a picture with your sweetie at our giant LOVE letters.  Click over to the Visit Yorktown website for a list of scheduled vendors. LOVE Letters
Lighting the Way: Streetlights in York County Being Converted to LEDStreetlights

Within the next few weeks, Dominion Energy will begin converting streetlights along Kiln Creek Parkway to LED lighting. Once completed, drivers and pedestrians will appreciate the greater visibility and reliability (these lights are less likely to burn out). Also, because they use less energy, LED lights are a benefit to the environment. Switching out traditional lights with LEDs is not new in York County. Dominion began this process several months ago when installing new lights or replacing older ones that were broken or burned out. Neighborhood associations that would like to put their streets on the list for a future upgrade can complete the inquiry form online. 

Law Enforcement Building Rezoning on Board of Supervisors’ Agenda

The agenda for Tuesday’s (2/15) meeting is now available online. Among the items on this meeting’s agenda is the rezoning of two parcels where the Law Enforcement Building is being constructed. Public safety facilities and government offices are permitted as a matter of right in all zoning districts, so a rezoning is not required. Therefore, the site work was able to commence. The new building is an extension of the County’s Operations Center, which is zoning IL (Limited Industrial). So, it makes sense for the entire complex to be located in a single zoning district. Also, the height of the proposed building is 40 feet and the exising LB (Limited Business) zoning allows a maximum building height of 35 feet, whereas the proposed IL allows a maximum height of 60 feet. The County Administrator and Zoning Administrator believe this rezoning is important to follow the same standards as private development.  Law Enforcement Building
Are You a Teen Interested in Serving on the Youth Commission?

The Board of Supervisors is currently seeking high school students interested in representing the County’s school-aged citizens by serving on the Youth Commission for the 2022-2023 school year.  Applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 25.  Interested students and their parents are invited to attend the Commission’s meeting on March 9th at 6 p.m. in the Fire and Life Safety Meeting Room (301 Goodwin Neck Road) to observe and ask questions. The application is available on the Youth Commission website. YCYC2022

Free Lecture February 27:  African-Americans in the Civil Warblack history lecture

Noted historian and author Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander will present little-known history of African-Americans in the Civil War in Hampton Roads in a free lecture sponsored by the York County Historical Committee.  The lecture begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 27, in the Board Room of York Hall.  Based on her book, An African American History of the Civil War in Hampton Roads, Dr. Newby-Alexander’s presentation charts the history of the African American community from Civil War to Reconstruction. No registration is required.  Additional information is available on the Historical Committee’s website

Draft 2022 Hampton Roads Hazard Mitigation Plan Online for Public Review

For several months, staff from Hampton Roads’ localities have been reviewing and updating the plan that provides guidance and strategies for managing the various hazards that impact our region. Two public sessions have been held to gather citizen input. The draft is now complete and available for review online. In addition, there is a public Zoom meeting at 6 p.m. on March 2 where citizens can learn about the Mitgation Action Plan prepared as part of this process and may comment on the draft plan.  The link to the document and Zoom instructions are available on the County’s website

Hazards plan

York/Poquoson Master Gardeners Offering $1,000 Scholarships

Graduating York County or Poquoson high school seniors accepted by a recognized and accredited community college, college or university are eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship. To qualify, the student’s field of study must be in horticulture, botany, or a related field. Current college students will also be considered for one of these scholarships if no graduating seniors are selected. More information and applications, due April 8, may be found on the York/Poquoson Extension website.   

Additional Notes for the Week…..York County offices and courts are closed Monday, February 21, in observance of Presidents’ Day.  Trash and recycling collections are not affected by the holiday.  Complete details are available in this week’s press release.    Don’t forget to register for the Great American Cleanup, March 25-26! Gather your team and get ready to make a big impact on your community and the environment.  More information is available on the Waste Management Center’s website.    Spring CoEd Doubles Adult Tennis League registration begins Monday (2/14). The tennis league is April 7-May 26.  Register on the Parks and Recreation website

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

Citizen News Weekly February 4, 2022

Redistricting Update, All About Gardening, Tennis Anyone?

County Redistricting Information Available Online

The Board of Supervisors received a presentation at its February 1 meeting about the County’s upcoming redistricting, made necessary by the uneven population distribution as determined by the 2020 Census.  The redistricting option preferred by the Board has been  placed on the Board of Supervisors website.  Comments regarding the proposed redistricting may be emailed to the Supervisors. Once approved, the Voter Registrar will mail new voter registration cards to those affected by the redistricting.  The cards will also include the voter’s new polling place. 

Winter Markets Add a New Date

Visit Yorktown was able to reschedule January’s Winter Market, cancelled because of snow, to March 5.  This means we still get four this winter season – two in February (12 and 26) and now two in March (5 and 12).  Be sure to come to the waterfront for fresh produce, baked goods, original art, and live entertainment!  More information about the Winter Markets and full Yorktown Market Days 2022 schedule is available on the Visit Yorktown website. Winter Market
Library Programs Help You Enjoy Your Garden

The York County Public Library is helping you get ready to enjoy spending time in your yard with a series of classes.  This Sunday (2/6) at the Tabb Library, Master Gardener Nate Brauner will explain the basics of beekeeping and the benefits of starting your own hive with “So You Want to Be a Beekeeper.” The hour-long program begins at 1 p.m.  “Starting from Seed” is February 12 at 3 p.m. in the Tabb Library Meeting Room.  “Welcoming Bluebirds to Your Yard” is offered via Zoom at 

1 p.m. on February 16.  This event is partnered with the Senior Center and features Master Naturalist Connie Reitz. Build a birdhouse at the Tabb Library on Sunday, February 27 at 1:30 p.m.  And coming up in March, “Small Space Gardening.” Complete details are available on the Library website, including other fun programs for kids and adults. master gardeners

Riverwalk Statues Getting a Facelift

Well, not exactly.  The four statues at Riverwalk Landing – Washington, Comte de Grasse, Lafayette, and Rochambeau – have been temporarily removed.  Artist Cyd Player is working on them to make sure they match and that they are ready for visitors when the weather warms up and people head back out to the beach and Riverwalk. We miss them already, but they’ll be back before too much longer.  Riverwalk Landing Statues
Swing into Spring with Tennis Lessons at Back Creek Park!

Registration for Spring Youth and Adult Tennis Lessons begins Monday (2/7).  These popular classes fill up quickly, so register early to reserve your spot. Lessons are at Back Creek Park and Kiln Creek Park tennis courts.  Lessons are for all skill levels.  More information is available on the Parks and Recreation website. 

Additional Notes for the Week…..The February Planning Commission meeting is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (2/9) in the Board Room of York Hall (301 Main Street).  The meeting agenda is available online, and, as always, the meeting is open to the public and streaming live.   Visit the Senior Center website for a full list of February special events, classes, and activities for our 55+ residents, including Birthday Bash (February’s special guest is vocalist Billy Mitchell), Culture Day, Exercise Programs, and more. 

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