York County officials continue to monitor COVID-19 and are in regular contact with regional officials and representatives of the Virginia Department of Health. Citizens are reminded to ensure they seek up-to-date information from reliable sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and local city and county websites (James City County, City of Williamsburg, and York County).
For a listing of York County phone numbers, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/directory.
- Waterfront Operations –
- Riverwalk Landing piers are now open for transient and recreational boaters; piers are closed to the general public.
- Yorktown Fishing Pier is open, but limited to no more than 10 people at a time and social distancing rules must be followed.
- Beach Picnic area is open for passive recreation of groups no larger than 10. The adjacent parking area remains closed.
- Grassy areas of Riverwalk Landing are open for passive recreation such as reading, playing Frisbee, etc. Social distancing and group size applies.
- Many Riverwalk Landing businesses are opening with enhanced health and safety measures in place for employees and customers. Currently, restaurants with carry-out options and those with limited patio and outdoor seating include: Water Street Grille, Riverwalk Restaurant, Ben & Jerry’s, and Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters. Patriot Tours & Provisions offers outdoor recreation, including paddle board and kayak rentals, bicycle rentals, and guided Segway tours.
- Library Services
- Beginning Monday, May 18, the book drop will be open at the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. The physical buildings will not be open to the public. Returned books will be quarantined for three days. Items will be removed from your account on the fourth day after drop off. No fines will be assessed. Please maintain social distancing when returning items to the book drop.
- Parks and Fields –
- County and School Division green areas are open for recreation by groups of no more than 10, but not for organized sports. Basketball courts and playgrounds remain closed.
Citizen News – York County’s Quarterly Newsletter – Now Online
- The summer edition of York County’s quarterly newsletter is now available exclusively online. The newsletter, usually mailed quarterly to all homes in York County, was instead produced as an online publication due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Readers will find inside the publication their familiar favorites: School Division, Special Events such as Market Days and Concerts, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Recycling Update, and so much more.
- Recycling will not be collected on Memorial Day – Monday, May 25. Collections will be delayed one day until all routes are serviced by Saturday, May 30. Garbage collection is not affected by the holiday. For more information, visit the Waste Management website or call (757) 890-3780.
Bills for Taxes Mailed; Due Date is June 25th
- 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.
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.
- 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 Work 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.
·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.
We strongly encourage York County voters to consider voting by mailed absentee ballot. Voters who vote by mailed absentee ballot will need a witness to sign the envelope in which they enclose their mail-in absentee ballot.
Absentee voting for the election will begin on May 8th. 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 23rd,
- 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 16th. The deadline to apply to vote absentee in person is 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20th. 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 those who choose to vote absentee in person at one of the Registrar’s Office locations, we anticipate conducting curbside voting while County offices are closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If voters need to use a voting machine that assists voters with disabilities, they will be able to come into the office to vote using that equipment.
The law permits emergency absentee voting in a few, very limited situations until 2 p.m. on Monday, June 22nd. For more information about emergency absentee voting, call the Registrar’s Office at 890-3440.
Unofficial election results – including York County’s – will be available on the Virginia Department of Elections website at www.elections.virginia.gov as they are reported after the polls close at 7:00 p.m. on June 23rd.
For additional information, please call the Registrar’s Office at 890-3440 or visit the website, www.yorkcounty.gov/voting.
Builders, contractors and citizens now 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 registering 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.
- 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.
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
For more information, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec or call (757) 890-3500.
- 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.
The VPPSA Compost Facility, closed to the public since April 3rd, will reopen Monday, May 4th for material sales and yard debris drop-off of limbs/branches and clear bags of natural yard waste. The facility, located at 145 Goodwin Neck Road (York County Waste Management Center), will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and will accept credit cards or commercial accounts for payment (no cash or checks). A credit card device will be available for customers to use when purchasing compost, mulch, and soil blends. Pricing is available at www.VPPSA.org.
Since the April 3rd closure, York County staff have been assisting citizens with the drop-off of yard debris at a separate location at the Waste Management Center. County staff have been transporting the debris to the VPPSA Compost Facility, where it is being composted and/or mulched.
Citizens may still utilize the County’s curbside yard debris collection program by calling (757) 890-3780 or through our online Customer Service Request. Please see our Yard Debris Collection webpage for details/restrictions on curbside yard debris collection – www.yorkcounty.gov/wastemanagement.
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
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 3rd 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 2nd, 2021.
- The hope at this time is for the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd to be moved to a later date yet to be determined.
- All waterfront Yorktown Market Days have been cancelled through May 30th, including the Wellness Market on May 9th.
- The York County Historical Committee’s Memorial Day Ceremony scheduled for Monday, May 25th 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 for public use, park visitors must all practice social distancing and be in compliance with Governor Northam’s Monday, March 30 Stay at Home Order (read the order through the link at the top of this release).
- All spring programs and facility rentals scheduled through June 10 have been cancelled or postponed. Registered participants are being notified.
- The Senior Center of York is closed until further notice.
- All playgrounds are closed.
The following parking areas are now closed:
- Upper Level of the Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace
- NPS Beach Picnic Area
- Archer Cottage Lot (corner of Read and Water Streets)
- York Hall (301 Main Street)
For now, the Riverwalk Landing pathway remains open to individuals practicing social distancing.
These steps are being taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to protect public health. If you have questions about what is/is not permitted, please call York County at (757) 890-3300.
Helping the Local Business Community
Members of the community have expressed interest in supporting local businesses during this challenging time. York County’s Office of Economic Development is maintaining a web page listing local businesses with store hours and services being offered (i.e. food delivery). Visit www.yesyorkcounty.com/openforbusiness for the listing of businesses. If residents and/or business owners know of one not included on the listing, please email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check back often – the list is updated as we receive new information.
Local Charitable Organizations
During times of emergency, charitable organizations provide for the needs of many in the community. Consider donating your time or resources to the a charitable group, such as United Way of the Virginia Peninsula (https://www.uwvp.org/), Virginia Peninsula Food Bank (http://hrfoodbank.org/) and the American Red Cross (https://www.redcrossblood.org/), to help others in need.
Several York County offices maintain active Facebook accounts where information is posted regularly. Please consider “liking” or “following” these accounts to receive up-to-date information at www.facebook.com:
- Government - @yorkcountyva
- Fire & Life Safety - @yorkcountyfire
- York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office - @YorkPoquosonSheriff
- Office of Economic Development - @YesYorkVA
- Visit Yorktown - @VisitYorktown
- Public Library - @yorkcountypubliclibrary
- School Division - @yorkcountyschoolsva
Sheriff’s Office/York-Poquoson Courthouse
The office is closed to the public. If you need the assistance of a Deputy to file a police report, please call the non-emergency number at (757) 890-3621 for more information. In an emergency, call 911. The York-Poquoson Courthouse is open for all business and proceedings, however only those conducting business or reporting to court may be allowed in the building.
- Individuals with cases scheduled are asked to contact the appropriate Court Clerk:
- Circuit Court – (757) 890-3350
- General District Court – (757) 890-3450
- Juvenile and Domestic Relations – (757) 890-3401
Clerk of Circuit Court
The Clerk of Circuit Court’s office is closed to the public with the exception of appointments scheduled directly through Clerk’s Office personnel. Persons needing to conduct business with the Clerk’s Office should utilize the following numbers to schedule an appointment:
- Deed/Land Records – 890-4103
- Criminal/Traffic Division – 890-4104
- Civil Division – 890-4105
- Fiduciary/Probate Division – 890-4106
- Any Other Miscellaneous Transactions – 890-3360
A temporary drop-box is being placed at the Courthouse’s front door security station for submitting civil and criminal paperwork and deed/land recordings. Electronic recording and online payments continue to be available online at https://simplifile.com/services/e-recording/ (Deeds/Land Recordings) and https://eapps.courts.state.va.us/fmsOnline/#/?fips=000C (Online Payments).
The Treasurer’s Office remains closed to the public, however employees are available to assist citizens by phone (757) 890-3420, fax (757) 890-3439, and email to email@example.com. Payments can be made online, by mail (USPS), or by using the drop-box located outside the Finance Building at 120 Alexander Hamilton Boulevard. Transactions may be processed online at www.yorkcounty.gov/treasurer.
York County offices, facilities, playgrounds and libraries are closed to the public. Staff is reporting to work and continuing to provide services to the community. Citizens are encouraged to visit the website – www.yorkcounty.gov – and utilize online payments, customer service requests, and more.
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 Human Resources office remains closed to the public through the close of business on Friday, March 27. Jobseekers can view a list of open positions and apply for a job at www.yorkcounty.gov/humanresources. Staff is available to take your calls at (757) 890-3687.
The office has launched a COVID-19 Business Resource page and encouraging businesses to visit the site for helpful links and information that may be useful in preparing for the impact from the virus. Visit https://www.yesyorkcounty.com/311/COVID-19-Business-Resources.
Planning and Development Services
The Building Safety Office is closed to the public, however staff is in the office to assist you. Please call 890-3522 for more information. Procedures have been implemented for permit submits, construction plan review, permit issuance, and field inspections. Visit www.yorkcounty.gov/buildingsafety.
All County offices are closed to the public. However, the Purchasing staff is reporting to work and can accept sealed Bids and Proposals. If you need to deliver a Bid or Proposal to our office, please call 890-3864 upon arrival at our location and staff will come to the door to accept your documents and deliver them to the office to be time-stamped. For more information, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/purchasing.
Fire & Life Safety
The department continues to respond to emergency calls for service. While fire stations are closed to public for visits/tours, individuals that show up at a fire station with an emergency will be provided appropriate care. For general questions, citizens may contact the department’s administrative office at 890-3600.
Both branches of the library remain closed. Please keep checked out books and materials until we reopen. Due dates have been extended and we are not charging fines. Visit the library online to check out books electronically – www.yorkcounty.gov/library. If you do not have a library card, you can apply for one online and we will email your card number to you so that you can access eBooks and digital resources. Staff is available to answer your questions at (757) 890-5100 or (757) 890-3377.
You may be safeguarding yourself by staying in, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the library! Your free York County Public Library Card gets you access to a world of digital resources. Over the next few weeks library staff will be featuring them online on their Digital Library Spotlight blog – www.yorkcounty.gov/libraryblog.
- Got a question for a librarian? Digital collection assistance, library website questions, eBook troubleshooting…whatever the question, “Ask-A-Librarian.” Link is available at www.yorkcounty.gov/library or directly at www.surveymonkey.com/r/YCPLAskaLibrarian.
Parks and Recreation
York County parks are open to the public, however playgrounds are closed. Those choosing to utilize our parks and asked to follow the recommendations for social distancing and to limit group size to 10 people or less. If you have questions about our parks, please visit www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec or call 890-3500.
York-Poquoson Virginia Cooperative Extension
Master Gardener events have been cancelled through the end of May, including:
- Annual Plant Sale
- Master Gardener Study Trip
- Flower Therapy at the Convalescent Center
- Earth Day Event
- Fairies and Friends Pollinator Day
- All Library Talks
For more information, call (757) 890-4940.