Friday, September 17, 2010

York County, Virginia Press Releases




fire officials issue immediate county-wide burn ban
York County has issued an immediatecounty-wide ban on all fires to include burn barrels, recreational fires and fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or on private property.
The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves, barbecues and/or grills continue to be allowed. The ban will remain in effect until environmental conditions improve.
Fire officials evaluate the risk of fire for residents based on the Cumulative Severity Index (CSI). This number accurately describes the amount of moisture that is missing from the environment; a rating of 0 defines a point of no moisture deficiency and 800 defines the maximum moisture deficiency possible.
The Virginia Department of Forestry's Eastern Region, which includes York County, has a current Cumulative Severity Index over 640. As a point of reference, a normal Cumulative Severity Index for our area would be about 100. Other factors, such as wind, temperature, relative humidity and atmospheric stability also play a major role in determining the actual fire danger.
For additional information please contact the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 890-3600.
2011 international business conference to be held in Williamsburg
September 17, 2010
The 2011 Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) Conference, co-hosted by the York County, James City County and Williamsburg Economic Development Authorities, will be held in Williamsburg at the Colonial Williamsburg Lodge, May 9-12.  
The conference is expected to bring at least 350 attendees to the Williamsburg area for the four day gathering. The 2010 conference was held in New Orleans.
"This conference will help Virginia officials learn more about how to improve our economy here at home, while also bringing visitors from around the country and the world to Williamsburg," said Governor Bob McDonnell. "Virginia is the best place in America for conferences of all sizes, and I look forward to this great event next May."
The BREI Conference is the premier event for economic developers and others involved in assisting existing businesses and industries to prosper and grow. The May 2011 conference will be BREI's 18th annual conference.
BREI is the leading professional association for business retention and expansion. BREI is a non-profit association of educators and economic development professionals who work to advance business retention and expansion as an economic development strategy through scientific research, instruction, publications, meetings and other activities designed to advance and disseminate knowledge in retaining and expanding existing businesses in a given region.
County starts work on ARRA-funded road projects
September 17, 2010
With funds designated from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the county has begun a series of sidewalk, road improvement and paving projects, the first of which should be completed next week.
The county was awarded about $1.5 million from federal stimulus funds last year for use on road and pedestrian system improvements. That money will go toward: the installation of sidewalks on Commons Way, a section of Hubbard Lane and a section of Route 134; repaving all or parts of Newman Road, Wolftrap Road, Cary's Chapel Road and possibly Seaford Road; and extending a median break turning lane on Route 134.        
"Each of these projects has been identified as a priority by the county or by the Virginia Department of Transportation, based on the need for repairs, traffic volumes and various safety issues," said Assistant County Administrator Mark Carter. "Construction has already begun on the Route 134 turning lane project, the Newman Road repaving is scheduled to start before the end of September, and the others should be underway within the next few months."
The ARRA funds were awarded to the county through the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization in 2009. Since then, the county has been working with VDOT to identify key areas in need of improvement and secure construction designs and contracts for those projects.
A detailed description of the work to be done is as follows:
n Paving of Newman Road from Fenton Mill Road to James City County line; paving of Wolf Trap Road from Hornsbyville Road to Rt. 17; paving of Cary's Chapel Road from Victory Boulevard to Poquoson City line; paving of Seaford Road from Goodwin Neck Road to Back Creek Road. Project scope for each of these paving projects includes pavement milling, installation of an asphalt overlay, placement of shoulder stone and re-installation of pavement markings.
n Extension of the existing eastbound turning lane at the existing Rt. 134 median break just east of Tabb Smith Trail. The lane will be extended to provide a 200-foot stacking/storage lane and a 200-foot taper/deceleration lane.
n Sidewalk installation on Rt. 134 from its intersection with St. Clair Circle to Indian Summer Drive; sidewalk installation on Hubbard Lane from Penniman Road to Colonial Avenue; and sidewalk installation on Commons Way from Bypass Road to the end of State Maintenance portion of Commons Way.
For more information, contact Assistant County Administrator Mark Carter at 890-3320.
Board seeks applicants for York County Senior Center Board
September 17, 2010
The York County Board of Supervisors seeks applications from county citizens interested in serving on the York County Senior Center Board when future vacancies occur.
The Senior Center Board serves as an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors, providing operations support for senior programs. Members meet the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Senior Center of York.
York County citizens interested in applying for appointment to the Senior Center Board may obtain an application at the County Administrator's Office at 224 Ballard Street in Yorktown, or by calling 890-3320. Applications can also be obtained and filed online at Click on On-Line Services, click on Board Bank Application and click on Continue to Board/Commission Application Form.
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