May 29, 2020 - Yorktown Beach Reopening; Library Beginning Curbside Service
Beach Reopens May 30
County Administrator Neil Morgan announced Thursday, May 28, that the Yorktown Beach and nearby amenities are reopening to the public Saturday, May 30. The following apply:
Sunbathing, swimming, and recreation are permitted. No groups larger than 10 allowed and social distancing must be practiced. Group sports, tents, and alcohol are prohibited. We encourage beach-goers to visit during non-peak hours to avoid crowds.
All public parking lots will be open, including Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace, Beach Picnic Area, and parking lots at York Hall, County Administration/Courthouse area, and Archer Cottage (corner of Read/Water Streets).
Waterfront restroom facilities will be open. Please practice social distancing if waiting in line for facilities.
In his announcement, Mr. Morgan stated, “As you know, we have a narrow beach and we ask that you apply common sense and good judgement to keep yourself and others safe.” Watch the full video here.
Beginning June 1…Library Offering Curbside Pickup at Tabb Branch
The York County Public Library begins curbside pickup on Monday, June 1 at the Tabb Library. Patrons may check out materials online and drive to the Tabb branch to pick up their checked-out items. The drop boxes at both Tabb and Yorktown branches are open for the return of materials. For complete details, read the press release issued Thursday, May 28.
Board of Supervisors Work Session June 2
The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors is Tuesday, June 2, 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.
Public Works June Events Cancelled
York County’s Department of Public Works has cancelled its June 20 Bugfest and June 27 Tire Recycling events. Citizens are encouraged to inspect their yards for areas where water can be collected and become breeding sites for mosquitoes. Be sure to empty water from old tarps, pools, flower pots, buckets, and to regularly change water in bird baths. Mosquito Control staff are available to make a site visit at your home and perform a yard inspection. For more information or to request an inspection, please visit Mosquito Control on our website or call (757) 890-3790.
Saturdays – May 30 and June 6 – are the last drive-thru Yorktown Market Days at the McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC). Market Days returns to Riverwalk Landing on Saturday, June 13, featuring your favorite vendors selling their fresh produce, meats and seafood, soaps and lotions, breads and baked goods, and so much more! Visit Yorktown Market Days for more details.
Traffic Alert for Tuesday, June 2
Route 17 Traffic Alert: Line work scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, will require periodic traffic stoppages of up to 15 minutes in length from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the area of the McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) and AMF York Lanes (4200/4300 block of Route 17) in both north and southbound travel lanes. Drivers may experience traffic congestion in this area as overhead power line work is conducted. Rain date: Wednesday, June 3. In addition, associated work may require alternating lane closures in both directions of travel through Saturday, June 6.
May 28, 2020 - York County Library Implementing Phase One Reopening: Curbside Service Begins at Tabb Library June 1; Book Drops are Open
The York County Public Library is in the process of implementing Phase One of its reopening plan.
Beginning Monday, June 1 the Tabb Library will offer curbside pick-up of books, DVDs, and other material available for checkout from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Patrons can request items via our online catalog -https://york.ent.sirsi.net - and will be notified when they are ready for pickup. Upon arrival at the Tabb Library, patrons should turn right as they enter the parking lot and follow the path of orange barrels/cones. Six spaces are marked for curbside service and signs are posted with instructions for notifying staff of arrival.
“Our process is similar to the ‘curbside to go’ service you see at local restaurants,” says Library Director Kevin Smith. “Our staff is excited about interacting with the public again while practicing social distancing and other safety measures.”
Since Monday, May 18, library book drops at both the Tabb and Yorktown branches have been available for patrons to return materials checked out prior to the closing order. Returned items are quarantined for three days and are then checked back in and removed from the individual’s library account. No fines have been charged during this closing.
“We greatly appreciate the care our patrons have given these materials for the past several weeks,” Smith says. “All items that have been returned are in excellent condition and have obviously been well cared for.”
Book drops are open from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.
“And, even though the library buildings are still closed, our digital collection and research resources are always available online,” Smith adds. “If you need help accessing these resources, ask us online or call the Tabb Library at 890-5100 or the Yorktown Library at 890-3377. We’re also available to offer reading recommendations and answer your reference questions.”
The Library’s website is www.yorkcounty.gov/library. The Tabb Library is located at 100 Long Green Boulevard; the Yorktown Library is located at 8500 George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17).
May 22, 2020 - Phase One Reopening
Board of Supervisors May 19 Meeting
The Board of Supervisors May 19 meeting was held remotely. All items on the agenda were approved including four public hearings. Meeting details are available here. Meeting replays are always available to view online. The next meeting is June 2 and is a work session with no public comment period. Individuals wishing to contact the Board members may send an email to email@example.com or locate individual contact information on the Board of Supervisors website.
Commemorating Memorial Day
The County’s annual Memorial Day ceremony is not being held this year. York County’s WYCG TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) is currently airing last year’s moving tribute to those who served and continue to serve our nation. The program is available to view online. Happy Memorial Day!
County Offices Not Staffed on Memorial Day
York County offices remain closed to the public, although staff have been continuing to provide services to the community. In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, all offices and courts will not be staffed. Citizens are reminded that many services are available online. Read the press release here.
Court Office Taking Appointments
Beginning Tuesday, May 26, the Clerk of Circuit Court’s office will be taking appointments for the following:
Marriage Licenses - York Co. or Poquoson residents only
Concealed Handgun Permit Applications - NEW applications only; Renewals can be submitted via mail/drop box
Criminal (Cash) Payments - CASH only; all other payments must be made via drop-box, mail, or online.
Persons needing to transact any business with the Clerk’s Office should utilize the Court’s websiteor the telephone numbers below:
Several of our most popular special events at the Waterfront have new dates, including the following: Pirate Invasion Market (August 15), Go Green Market (September 12), and Sister Cities French Market (September 19); Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival (August 9); and Sounds of Summer Concerts (beginning July 9). Complete details, on the revised schedule are available in our press release.
Reminder: 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.
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May 20, 2020 - Phase One Reopening
As Virginia enters the first full week in Phase One of re-opening the state, Riverwalk Landing Piers continue to welcome transient and recreational boaters looking to dock and shop, pick up to-go food orders, and exercise at the waterfront. The Yorktown Fishing Pier is also open but remains limited to no more than 10 people at a time with at least six feet of physical distance.
Many Riverwalk Landing businesses are also slowly beginning to unlock their doors as well - each with enhanced health and safety measures for employees and customers. Lodging facilities are once again taking reservations. In addition to new takeout and patio dining options for restaurants, outdoor recreation rentals have begun as well, including paddle board, bicycle, and kayak rentals. The Riverwalk is also open to walking, bicycling, and jogging, as long as visitors maintain appropriate space between themselves and others.
Per the Governor’s order, beaches – including our Yorktown Beach – remain closed. While many localities allow the beaches to be used for exercise and fishing, Yorktown Beach’s small size makes the required social distancing difficult, if not impossible.
Yorktown Market Days
Customers can once again enjoy spectacular views of the York River as they shop an array of vendors and artists at Riverwalk Landing, scheduled to return to the waterfront on Saturday, June 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The market has been operating under a drive-thru model for pick-up of pre-orders Saturday mornings at the McReynolds Athletic Complex and will continue through June 6. Three themed markets originally scheduled in the spring have been postponed to later in the year as outlined below.
Pirate Invasion Market: Step back into the Golden Age of Piracy as Riverwalk Landing and the Watermen’s Museum are invaded by seafaring marauders on August 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Explore a pirate encampment, sing along with sea shanties, take part in a digital treasure hunt with participating Yorktown businesses, and don’t miss exciting cannon demonstrations. Young visitors can actually sail the “stormy seas” of the York River with Captain Mayhem aboard the Schooner Alliance. While most of the family-friendly fun is free, Pirate Adventure Cruises do require a paid ticket which can be purchased at www.sailyorktown.com.
Go Green Market In collaboration with York County’s Department of Public Works and the York County Beautification Committee, the market begins at 8 a.m. and there will be free family activities from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on September 12 to help promote environmental sustainability. Educational exhibits will be on site as well as free children’s crafts, activities and games. Call (757) 890-5900 for more information.
Sister Cities French Market: Modeled after the market in Yorktown’s sister city Port-Vendres France, shop for French favorites on September 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing. Shoppers will find fresh-baked bread, croissants and pastries; chocolates & macarons; wine; soaps and more! Enjoy a Wine Garden featuring French wines, a silent auction and student exchange raffle. Call (757) 877-2933 for more information.
Grace Church Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony
Grace Church announced it will be holding a virtual Memorial Day ceremony this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The event will be streamed on the church’s YouTube Channel to commemorate the end of World War II and will take place Monday, May 25 starting at 10 a.m. - https://bit.ly/2YUNYOA. Opening remarks will include the history and meaning of Memorial Day and the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II, followed by prayers offered by Grace Church Parishioners. A reading of the names and service of the 102 known Veterans buried in the Grace Church Cemetery will be followed with the playing of taps and ringing of the Historic Church Bell (ca 1725). A copy of the Commemorative Program and listing of veterans will be also be available online. For more information, please contact Al Crane LtCol USAF (Ret) at (757) 867-8643.
Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
Sample dozens of craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ and listen as some of the best blues musicians in Hampton Roads take the stage at Riverwalk Landing on the new date of Sunday, August 9. Back by popular demand is a Wine Garden, included in admission. Call (757) 877-2933 for more information.
Sounds of Summer Concert Series
Yorktown’s Sounds of Summer concert series has a new anticipated start date of July 9. There will be no concerts at the waterfront during the month of June. The series will run through August 27 on Thursday nights from 7 to 9:30. Tentative line-up below. More details to come in future release.
July 9: The Uptown Band
July 16: Strictly Bizzness
July 23: The Main Event Band
July 30: SlapNation
August 6: Woah
August 13: Soul Expressions
August 20: Bachelor Boys Band
August 27: Band of Oz
Canceled in June: 1775 Yorktown Muster (June 6) & Yorktown’s Military Appreciation Weekend (June 13 &14)
Canceled in July: As previously released—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.
As a result of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic—all York County sponsored and partner community events are subject to postponement or cancellation. This includes changes to dates, times, and locations.
May 15, 2020 - Phase One Reopening
County Administrator Neil Morgan spoke about the reopening in a video message to the public.
Following state and federal guidelines, all beaches – including our Yorktown Beach – remain closed. While many localities are able to allow the beaches to be used for exercise and fishing, the Yorktown Beach’s small size makes the required social distancing difficult, if not impossible. In addition, when open, our beach is frequented by guests from neighboring localities, which increases the chance of the spread.
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.
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!
Drive-thru Mother’s Day Farmers Market: Despite an unseasonably cold and windy morning, the Mother’s Day Drive-thru Market at McReynolds Athletic Complex was the busiest one yet! Of course, that’s mainly due to the fact that it’s strictly for pickup of pre-orders, most of which have already been paid for… and the fact that customers can stay in their cars! In all, an estimated 300 vehicles came through the MAC, and with two more vendors this week, sales surpassed 600. The addition of grab-and-go options helped with sales and gave customers a way to explore new businesses while waiting. The farms continue to report fantastic numbers. 127 for one and 83 for another. The biggest success story was Raders Quarter Farm who sold out of fresh pork within hours of posting their inventory as well as their remaining beef. With talks of a national shortage due to COVID-19, it was a wonderful opportunity for the community to get fresh meat for their families. Last weekend, three EBT customers took advantage of the Fresh Match Program where they receive a dollar-for-dollar match on fruits and vegetables. Overall, the farms sold $190 in produce to these more vulnerable citizens.
National Travel & Tourism Week: As a part of this nationally-recognized campaign, Yorktown joined hundreds of destinations across the state in celebrating an outline set forth by the VTC. This year, the focus was really to try to stay connected to and supportive of visitors by meeting them where they are now and still embracing the #spiritoftravel. In particular, we tapped into themes of supporting local restaurants offering takeout, purchasing gift cards from small businesses to shop at a later date, booking hotel and B&B reservations for future vacations, and showcasing the amazing history that surrounds us. We wholeheartedly believe the tourism industry will be integral to our nation’s recovery when this is over—for both the Greater Williamsburg economy, and American jobs. After months of isolation, travel will be a way to help heal the country’s morale.
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.
Wetlands Board Vacancy
The Board of Supervisors is seeking applications from citizens to fill vacancies on the Wetlands Board. The Wetlands Board is charged with issuing permits for the use and development of tidal wetlands while balancing the needs of the property owners with the protection of wetlands. More information and the online application are available here.
May 13, 2020
Governor Northam issued Executive Order Sixty-Two, allowing specific localities in Northern Virginia to delay entering Phase One until midnight on Thursday, May 28. The full text of Executive Order 62 can be found here.
May 8, 2020 - 3:00 pm
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.
County Launching Customer Service Request Portal
Beginning Monday, May 11, York County’s enhanced Customer Service Request Portal will be active and able to accept inspection requests from builders/contractors and provide a more user-friendly online system for citizens to request assistance and to track the status of those requests. For more information, read the press release here.
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.
May 1, 2020 - 3:30 pm
Board Meeting Agenda Online; Compost Facility Reopening; Household Chemical Collection May 9; Market Days Drive-Thru, Art at the River Event Online
Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda
The Board of Supervisors’ next meeting is Tuesday, May 5. 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. The agenda can be viewed here. This is an electronic remote meeting.
The VPPSA Compost Facility reopens to the public on Monday, May 4. Credit cards and commercial accounts will be accepted for payment. The facility is located at the York County Waste Management Center, 145 Goodwin Neck Road, and is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details are available in the press release and at www.yorkcounty.gov/wastemanagement.
The Household Chemical Collection and Computer Recycling event is being held 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.
In partnership with the Art at the River Committee, Tourism Development launched the Art at the River Virtual Art Show Facebook event, which runs through Sunday, May 3. The Facebook event includes images of the artists’ work as well as contact information for purchases. Twenty-five of the thirty-nine artists chosen earlier this year for the Art at the River Juried Art Show, scheduled to be held at Riverwalk Landing before the event was cancelled due to COVID-19, are participating in this online event.
Of the online event, participating artist Russ Turnage said, “Some really nice work! We shared it to my Facebook page. The customer I had today had never seen my work before and found me through the Visit Yorktown site. She made a significant purchase, very welcome during these difficult days.”
The temporary drive-thru version of Yorktown Market Days at McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) kicked off Saturday, April 25. It was extremely successful with overwhelmingly positive feedback from the community! Overall, 220 cars passed through the MAC to pick up more than 350 pre-orders. This is primarily a Facebook Event (Yorktown Market Days) where vendors are individually sharing products, pricing, and pre-order information. The vast majority of our vendors do not have websites where they can list their inventory. For citizens without access to social media, we have also listed the vendors’ email addresses and phone numbers online under the “This Week at the Market” page so customers may reach out to them directly to see what they offer. This Saturday, May 2, is Virginia Farmers Market Week. We are part of a special campaign run by the Virginia Tourism Corporation to shine light on markets across the state that have modified operations to provide families with access to locally sourced, fresh, healthy food during the pandemic.
One of our vendors, Birch Knoll Farm, stated: “I wanted to thank you for the marketing post. Yesterday was our best sales day, nearly doubling all other days. Thank you so much!”