Status Update 05/08/2020 - The Latest from York County
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 www.yorkcounty.gov/treasurer. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.yorkcounty.gov/tv. 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 www.yorkcounty.gov/pw and www.hrpdc.gov/buildingflushing.
County Launching Customer Service Request Portal
Beginning Monday, May 11, builders, contractors and citizens will have access to a newly enhanced Customer Service Request Portal for use in scheduling building inspections with online credit card payment coming later this month, as well as the ability to track requests made to Waste Management, Utilities, Zoning/Code Enforcement, and other public services.
Last week, builders and contractors with current or prior permits on file with the County, received a letter announcing the new features along with instructions on requesting an account and utilizing the new online portal. Contractors and builders who did not receive a letter are asked to visit the new site on Monday and submit the registration form. "The new system will allow for our builders and contractors to easily request an inspection, to make their payments online, and to track the status of their request in real time," says Susan Kassel, Director of Planning & Development Services. "This portal also works on mobile devices for use by individuals at their building site, which is something the builders have been wanting for a while."
Citizens registered with the enhanced Customer Service Request Portal will notice new features, such as tracking of service requests and a more user-friendly navigation menu. Residents requesting a service will be asked to set up an account, which will enable them to easily follow their request status. Requests/reports may be submitted anonymously if no follow up action is required.
"This new interface has been under development for several months," says Brian Woodward, Director of Public Works. "With today's emphasis on fewer personal interactions and processing more work online, the timing couldn't be better for the launch of this enhanced portal."
The Customer Service Request Portal is available on all web pages of the departments of Public Works and Planning & Development Services. Direct access is available at www.yorkcounty.gov/requests.
Builders, contractors, and citizens with questions about the enhanced Customer Service Request Portal should contact Public Works at (757) 890-3750 or via email to email@example.com.
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 www.yorkcounty.gov/voting.
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.
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 www.yorkcounty.gov/wastemanagement.
The second Yorktown Market Days Drive-thru market was another huge success. In celebration of Virginia Farmers Market Week, social 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: https://bit.ly/35CAg4i and https://bit.ly/2WbyX97. 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.