County services updates
The following is a list of updates on county programs and services that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Waste Management Center
The Waste Management Center is open for the drop-off of trash and recyclables; the VPPSA Compost Facility is open. Citizens are asked to keep their household chemicals until the next household chemical collection event can be held. The list of events will be updated at www.vppsa.org. Please review the list of items that are accepted at the York County Drop-Off Center before bringing items that cannot be recycled.
Offices, facilities, playgrounds, and libraries are closed to the public. Staff is 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.
The Board of Supervisors meeting scheduled for April 7 is canceled.
The Planning Commission meeting scheduled for April 8 is canceled.
Building Safety staff have implemented procedures for permit submissions, construction plan review, permit issuance, and field inspections. Visit www.yorkcounty.gov/buildingsafety for details.
The Central Purchasing office staff will accept sealed Bids and Proposals that are delivered to the Finance Building, 120 Alexander Hamilton Blvd., Yorktown.
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.
A drop-box is located on the outside of the Finance Building, 120 Alexander Hamilton Blvd., for use by citizens who need to submit forms.
Circuit — Business is being transacted by appointment only. Please visit the website for contact information. A drop-box is placed at the Courthouse’s front door security station for submitting civil and criminal paperwork and deed/and recordings. Electronic recording and online payments are available online at www.ypcircuitcourt.com.
General District — For court status, call (757) 890-3450 (option 8). The Clerk’s Office encourages citizens to make payments online at www.courts.state.va.us.
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District — Many cases have been continued. Call (757) 890-3470 for information.
Fire & Life Safety
Fire stations are closed to the public for visits/tours, and no donations of food are being accepted from the general public. Individuals who show up at a station with an emergency will be provided with appropriate care.
Both branches of the library remain closed. Please keep checked out books and materials until they reopen. Due dates have been extended, and no fines are being charged.
Staff is issuing library cards electronically so that patrons can access eBooks and digital resources. Visit www.yorkcounty.gov/library or call (757) 890-5100 or (757) 890-3377. Got a question for a librarian? “Ask-A-Librarian” is available on the website.
The Library is holding a Live Stream Story Time on Facebook suited for children ages 1.5 to 6 years old. On Facebook, visit @yorkcountypubliclibrary. Visit the website for the schedule!
Office of Economic Development
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: www.yesyorkcounty.com/311/COVID-19-Business-Resources.
Staff has created 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 and to add one to the list.
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 (www.uwvp.org), Virginia Peninsula Food Bank (hrfoodbank.org) and the American Red Cross (www.redcrossblood.org), to help others in need.
Parks & Recreation
County parks are open. All playgrounds are closed.
County-sponsored events, programs, classes, and activities, including those outdoors, are canceled.
The Senior Center of York is closed until further notice.
National Drug Take Back event scheduled for April 25 has been canceled.
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
A drop-box is located outside the building (301 Goodwin Neck Road) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Citizens are asked to call (757) 890-3787 to speak with an employee.
After normal hours, child protective services complaints can be made by calling 1-800-552-7096. Adult protective service complaints can be made by calling 1-855-635-4370.
Citizens wishing to apply for benefits can do so 24 hours a day at www.commonhelp.virginia.gov or by calling 1-855-635-4370.
If a citizen has documents necessary for benefits, please use your smart phone, tablet, or computer and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. These can also be faxed to (757) 890-4980 or placed in the drop-box during normal business hours.
Citizens are asked to conduct business via telephone, email and website. Visit www.yorkcounty.gov/treasurer for contact information.
A drop-box is located on the outside of the Finance Building, 120 Alexander Hamilton Blvd., for use by citizens in making payments.
Historic Yorktown operations and buildings are closed until further notice. This includes Trolley service, Gallery at York Hall, York County Historical Museum and the Freight Shed.
County-sponsored or co-sponsored events from now until the end of April are canceled or postponed, including the opening Market Days event, the French Market, and Pirate Festival. As previously announced, the National Park Service’s Civil War Weekend, Victory at Yorktown 10K/5K/1Mile Family Fun Rn, and Ferrari Invasion are all canceled.
The Voter Registrar’s office, like all County offices/buildings, remains closed to the public. The Voter Registrar encourages voters to register or update their address online at www.elections.virginia.gov/citizen-portal. Individuals without access to the Internet may call (757) 890-3440 to request an application be mailed to them. Once completed, the form may be returned via mail to York County Voter Registrar, P.O. Box 451, Yorktown VA 23690. For additional details, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/voting.
Waste Management Update
The drop-off center and VPPSA Compost Facility are open.
York County’s Waste Management Division has seen an increase in the amount of household trash being collected this week. Our contracted trash collection provider, Republic Services, is working later each day to ensure all collections are complete. Residents are asked to leave their containers at the curbside on their collection day until their trash is picked up.
Citizens are reminded not to flush items that cannot be flushed. This includes “flushable” wipes, hygiene products, paper towels, tissues, cat litter, fats/oils/grease, etc.
The Keep American Beautiful group, along with York County Waste Management and Beautification Committee, ask everyone to refrain from community cleanup events during this time due to the Governor’s order for social distancing and the ban on groups of more than 10 people.
The Tire Recycling Event scheduled for April 18 has been canceled.
The Shred Event scheduled in conjunction with the April 25 National Drug Take Back has been canceled.
York-Poquoson Virginia Cooperative Extension
Master Gardener events are canceled through the end of May, including Annual Plant Sale, Earth Day events, Library Talks, etc. For complete information, call (757) 890-4940.