Saturday, October 1, 2022

York County District 5 Report and Crime Watch Update October 2022 by Supervisor Tom Shepperd

Dear Neighbors,

 

The District 5 Report is designed to keep you up to date on activities in and around our area.  Residents and homeowner associations are encouraged to share the information with others in their communities.  I will gladly add you to the distribution list upon request to either tgshep@cox.net or shepperd@yorkcounty.gov.  Please include your name and home address in the request.  Comments and questions are always welcome.*

 

Regards,

 

Tom

 

Thomas G. Shepperd, Jr.

District 5 Representative

York County Board of Supervisors

 

(C) 757-903-1875

(H) 757-868-8591

 

shepperd@yorkcounty.gov

tgshep@cox.net

 

--------------------October 2022 District 5 Report and Crime Watch Update--------------------

 

1.  Voting Information:

 

a.   Everything about the November 8, 2022, election can be found at www.yorkcounty.gov. On the red banner at the top of the County's home page select "Government" then Voter Registration.  You can get answers to questions by calling the Registrar's Office at (757) 890-3340.  The Washington Square office address is 5322 Geo. Wash. Mem. Hwy., Yorktown, VA 23692.  Office hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Victory Village Location at 6614 Mooretown Road, Suite A Williamsburg, VA 23188, is only open on Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Washington Square and The Victory Village location are where you can vote early in person.  Here are some key dates:

 

            a.  September 23 to November 5, 2022, early voting. Voting is available during normal business hours 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except on Saturday, October 29 and November 5th. The hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

            b.  October 17, 2022, is the last day to register to vote.  You can register to vote, update and check your registration online. You can also register in person at the Tabb Library on Hampton Hwy. or at the Griffin-Yeates Center on Government Rd. in Williamsburg.

            c.  October 28, 2022, is the final day to apply for an absentee ballot.  The request must be received by 5:00 p.m. 

            d.  November 5, 2022, is the last day for in person early voting.

            e.  November 8, 2022, is Election Day.  Polls open 6:00 a.m. and close promptly at 7:00 p.m.

 

b.  When you go to the polls to vote, you must show an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID Confirmation Statement at the polls.  More information about this can be found under "Voting on Election Day" on the Registrar's website.

 

c.  What you will see on the November 8, 2022, ballot.  This year there is a General and Special Election, which is reflected on the ballot.  The General Election will be for the Member House of Representatives in the 1st District: the candidates listed in order on the ballot are Herbert C. Jones Jr. (D),  Rob J. Wittman (R), and David Bruce Foster (I).  The Special Election will be for the unexpired term of the previous Commonwealth's Attorney who left the position before his term ended.  The candidate listed for this position is Krystyn L. Reid.  Mrs. Reid is the current York-Poquoson Commonwealth Attorney and is filling the position that was vacated last year.  

 

2.  Personal Property Tax Rebate Update:

 

a.  As promised in my July Report, the Board of Supervisors has taken action to rebate most if not all the increase in the personal property tax as it pertains to qualified motor vehicles.   Passenger cars and trucks of less than 10,000 lbs. and vans listed in the J.D. Powers NADA Used Car Guide and Older Used Car Guide qualify.  Personal property that does not qualify include farm machinery, manufactured homes, taxicabs, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, boat and utility trailers and boats.  The rebate of your personal property tax will be reflected in your December 2022 personal property tax bill.  As noted in the July District 5 Report, I anticipate that many but not all the December 2022 tax bills will be equal to or slightly lower than the December 2021 bill and substantially lower than the June 2022 tax bills. 

 

b. You will be receiving your December bill in late October. In the meantime, if you would like an estimate of your rebate, the County Staff has created a 2022 Personal Property Tax Rebate Calculator that will give you a good estimation of your December 2022 tax bill.  The Calculator can be found on the York County Treasurer's Office website.   Go to www.yorkcounty.gov and on the red banner at the top of the page select "Government" then "Treasurer".  You'll see the Calculator in the middle of the page.  The Calculator can be a bit confusing.  Make sure to have your 2022 Personal Property Tax bill that your received last December 2021.  It has your account number, which you need to enter to get to your records.  Once in the records, look for the blue "Details" button on the right side of the page.   You will use some of the information in the "Details" for the Calculator.  Once the tax bills are mailed out in October, the Calculator will be removed from the website.

 

3.  Crime Watch Update:

 

            a.  Commonwealth Attorney Krystyn Reid - In 2022, the court system continued to recover from Covid-related delays and many serious cases that had been pending for quite some time were resolved.  Jury trials returned with modifications that allow for social distancing for jurors and a video feed into another courtroom so that trials can be viewed by the public.  We have also utilized video conferencing with the jails as an alternative to physically transporting inmates.  Although Covid presented some hurdles for us, it also led to some innovation that has made our courts run more efficiently.

 

(1)  Two homicide cases were resolved recently, one from 2018 and one from 2020.  In both cases the offender and victim were known to each other.  The case from 2018 was conducted as a weeklong jury trial resulting in a guilty conviction of First Degree Murder and an active prison sentence of 35 years. The 2020 case resulted in a guilty plea on charges of Second Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony.  The individual charged in the case received an active sentence of 22 years.  Both offenders will be on supervised probation when released from prison.

 

(2)  York County continues to be one of the safest communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but we do have opportunistic folks who break the law.  One crime we see frequently is breaking into and tampering with cars.  In most cases, had the car been locked, the offender would have moved on to another car. Breaking into cars is almost always a misdemeanor and there is rarely more than $1,000 in items stolen, which would make the crime a felony.  Two big hurdles in vehicle larceny cases are finding the perpetrator and victims not wanting to come to court when nothing was taken from their car, or the items were recovered.  Our office will typically ask for some period of active time in jail in car break in cases.  The amount of jail time requested will depend on a suspect's criminal history, the number of car break in cases, and the level of cooperation.   Please do not store valuables or handguns in your car and please lock your cars at all times.  Even though this crime is committed outside of the home, the homeowners frequently sense that the sanctity of their homes has been violated.  Our proactivity can prevent us from becoming victims of crime. 

           

(3)  The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office is staffed by eight attorneys, six support staff personnel and four victim witness advocates.   Our office is based in the York-Poquoson Courthouse located in Historic Yorktown.     We work closely with the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office to keep our community safe.

 

            b.  Major Montgomery, Chief Deputy York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office:

 

(1)  Two most significant events:

 

(a)  Justin Michael Carver, age 45, is accused of robbing the Old Point National Bank on Kiln Creek.  During the robbery, he wielded a hatchet as a weapon.  During the 10 days while on the run, law enforcement confiscated his truck and nearly had him cornered but he got away.  The Sheriff's Office coordinated with out of state agencies and eventually Carver was captured by Illinois law enforcement.  He has been charged with robbery with a weapon.  The suspect has a long criminal record.  He was previously arrested and convicted of robbing the same bank back in 2005.  He was found guilty and sentenced to 15 to 20 years. In addition to the Kiln Creek robbery, he is also wanted for the robbery of an Old Point National Bank.  I guess some people never learn.

 

(b)  Shawn Rodney Tenkley, a resident of Tabb Lakes, was arrested September 28th on 27 counts of indecent liberty with a minor between the age of 13 and 15 during the period of January through March 2022.  He is a Little League coach.  It is important to note that the victim in this case was not a member of any of the teams Tenkley coached.  He is being held without bond.  If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at (757) 890-4999 or Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

 

(2)  We are starting to see a spike in Larceny from Vehicle cases.  Of note are the number of Larceny cases that occur during the daytime in parking areas such as Walmart, the YMCA,  the Library, and day care centers.  The modus operandi of the criminal is twofold.  First, they will walk around in a parking lot looking for items of interest left exposed in a car.  Once they have identified the target car(s), they will return to their car, drive up behind or beside the target car, and either open the unlocked car or use a window breaker tool to enter the car.  Once in, they grab what they wanted and quickly drive away.  The second method involves watching women leave their cars without carrying a purse.  This indicates to the criminal that the purse in still in the car.  Once the woman has left the car and enters the store or day care, the criminals drive up, gain access to the inside of the car, take the purse and any other item of value, and drive off.  

 

4.  School Award – Tabb Elementary School is recognized as a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.  Tabb Elementary was 1 of only 7 schools in Virginia and 1 of 297 schools across the nation to receive the award.  To put these numbers into perspective, there are approximately 131,000 K-12 schools in the U.S.

 

The award was established in 1982 by the Secretary of Education Terrel Bell.  The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms and validates the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in striving for and attaining exemplary achievement. The National Blue Ribbon Schools serve as models of effective school practices for state and district educators and other schools throughout the nation. Tabb Elementary School is recognized as one of Virginia's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.  Grafton Bethel was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2010.

 

Quite often I hear that our schools are the primary reason families move to York County.  In my 20 plus years of service as a York County Supervisor I have seen firsthand the tremendous impact that quality of education has on a community.  Great schools lead to low crime, low taxes, and very good quality of life.  Once again congratulations to parents, teachers, the School Board, School Staff, and especially the kids for their part in making York County a success.

 

5.  HRSD Pressure Reducing Station (PRS) and Storage Tank Update – Design of the project is now 90% complete.  The purpose of the project is to regulate pressure on the main sewer lines that run to the York River and James River Treatment plants.  The project will keep sewer from overwhelming the treatment plants and dumping raw sewage into the rivers adjacent to the plants.  The project will consist of a 2,500-foot building, much of it underground, containing the pumps, diverter values, deep well and backup generators.  Near the pump building will be a 135-foot wide by 35-foot tall, 2.5-million-gallon tank that will hold sewage during periods of high use and rain events.  The site of the project in on a 5-acre portion of land that is part of a larger 26.5-acre parcel purchase by HRSD and located behind Tabb High School and Fire Station 2.  The entire parcel runs from Yorktown Road near the Victory Estate neighborhood to Victory Boulevard behind the Tabb Fire Station. The PRS and tank site is on the opposite side of the Dominion powerline away from the school and fire station.  The site is 190 feet from the Holly Meade subdivision property boundary and 430 feet from the nearest home. 

 

The project was nearly 50% design completion back in September 2021 when HRSD held its first public meeting.   Based on input from the meeting, HRSD looked at potential alternate sites and design options.  All the alternative sites were rejected either due to cost, disruption to the community, incompatibility of the site or a combination of all three factors.  The near 90% design completion has incorporated significant changes such as the elimination of one of the two originally proposed tanks, installation of a high-end organic odor suppressor that will eliminate any smell, and a compressed site to minimize the negative visual impact.  The project cost has nearly doubled.  Originally, with two tanks the cost was estimated to be approximately $19 million.  The project with one less tank is now projected to cost $34 million.  Supply chain issues, material and labor cost are the drivers for the increase. 

 

HSRD plans to conduct another public open house meeting very similar to the one in September 2021.  The meeting will be in the late October or November timeframe.  Announcement of the meeting will be via U.S. Mail, HRSD website, York County website, and email from me.  HRSD plans to submit the project for bid in June 2023 with construction to begin in October 2023.  The project is expected to be completed in April 2025.

 

This HRSD PRS and tank project is a by-right project.  This means that the project will not come before the York County Board of Supervisors for approval.  The project will need to meet state and local building codes and must be approved by the County staff before construction can begin.  HRSD realizes that the PRS and tank constitutes establishing an industrial grade project in a residential area.  As a good neighbor gesture HRSD proposes to create a 50 to 100-foot conservation easement behind the homes in Holly Meade that are closest to the project site.  In addition, HRSD has no use for the land outside of the 5-acre site and proposes to gift the land to the County for use as a park.  These actions by HRSD are not legally required for the project to progress.

 

6.  Transportation:

 

            a.  Repaving of the streets in Lotz Acre Estates 2 is complete.

 

            b.  Paving of the frontage road on Victory Boulevard is complete.

 

            c.  Sidewalk construction along Hampton Highway between Lake Dale Way and Autumn Way across from the Tabb Library will begin the first week in October 2022.   

 

            d.  The cross walk at Long Green Boulevard near the YMCA will cross Hampton Boulevard and connect with the new sidewalk near the Kirkwood Presbyterian Church.  This project is designed, funded, and constructed by VDOT.  The project start date is planned for November 2022 but may be adjusted to a later date by VDOT.

 

            d.  The sidewalk between Tabb Elementary School and Running Man Trail is out for bid.  Bids are due back in November 2022.  The project is slated for the Board of Supervisors agenda in January.

 

7.  York County is blessed to have many great organizations that provide wonderful benefits to our community.  In this report, I want to highlight the Victory YMCA on Hampton Highway.  Here is a brief summary:

 

•          Currently serving over 11,000 members at our Victory location alone

•          Over $223,000 raised from over 200 donors and shared in our service area to benefit families in our community

•          More than 170 volunteers providing 400 hours of community service on projects like United Day of Caring and Togetherhood benefitting the Yorktown Custom House

•          Serving more than 700 children currently through youth sports like soccer, Home School PE, Martial Arts, Swim Lessons and Dance

•          Supporting families by providing Before and After School Care for over 200 children in York County

•          Prepared almost 200 children for back-to-school success through our Bright Beginnings program that partners volunteers with children to shop for new school clothes and provide each child with a backpack filled with school supplies

•          Serving over 1400 seniors through the Silver Sneakers program

•          Hosting over 200 Teens Oct 7-8th by hosting VALCKOR (Virginia Leaders Club Kick Off Rally) for their Leadership Rally

•          The Big Fall Kick Off event held Sept 17th hosted over 450 community members for a fun filled afternoon that was free and open for all

•          Preparing for Halloween at the Y event on Oct 22nd 5-8pm that is open to the public to attend as a fun family friendly fall event

 

8.  Board of Supervisors Actions

 

            a.  Authorized a Special Use Permit for a dog grooming facility as a home occupation with on-site customer contact.  The property is zoned R13 High Density Single-Family Residential.   Comment:  Home occupations are a sensitive topic and proposals to establish one can generate considerable reaction from the surrounding neighbors.  In this case, the surrounding neighbors were in favor of the home occupation.  I believe this favorable response was mainly due to the long-standing relationship they had with the resident and the trust that had developed over the years.  I did propose that the Special Use Permit run with owner of the property.  This means that if the owner sells or moves away from the property the Special Use Permit will no longer exist.

 

            b.  Approved Ordinance No. 22-14 authorizing a credit in the form of a rebate of personal property tax on qualifying vehicles assessed in FY2022. 

 

            c.  Approved an extension of the use of outdoor tents at The Pub and Larry's Lemonade establishments in Historic Yorktown.  The Supervisors approved a design study to assist the businesses in planning improvement that will result in the replacement of the current tents.  Comments:  The current use of tents by the business was established to address health and dining issues during the height of the COVID 19 pandemic.  The tents are not compatible with the architectural characteristics of historic area. 

 

            d.  Approved Resolution R22-137 authorizing the County Administrator to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the County and the Queens Lake Community Association relating to improvement to the Queens Lake Dam and the Queens Lake Drainage Basin.  Comments:  The dam was built in the 1920s.  It has reached a point where the dam and spillway are in need of repair.  The MOU will establish a County drainage easement through the basin and spillway.  It will also identify responsibilities and obligations for maintaining the stormwater structure of the dam and spillway.

 

            e.  Approved SR22-142 to authorize the issuance of $21,436,000 in general obligation school bonds to be sold through the Virginia Public School Authority.  The school bonds will fund the expansion and renovation of Seaford Elementary School and parking lot, York High School roof repair and annex renovation, Bruton High School roof repair, and Tabb Middle School HVAC replacement.

 

            f.  Approved cancellation of the October 18, 2022, Board of Supervisors meeting.  The Yorktown Day Celebration begins with the Ceremonial Dinner on October 18th followed by commemorative events in Yorktown Day on the 19th.  This year the events will include a delegation from our Sister City of Zweibrucken.

           

* Comments and opinions expressed in the District 5 Report are authorized and approved by me and do not necessarily represent the position of other elected representatives.  All email correspondence to and from this address is subject to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and to the Virginia Public Records Act, which may result in monitoring and disclosure to third parties, including law enforcement.

 


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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

**State of Emergency Declared** Hurricane Ian

Dear   –
 
While Virginia will escape the worst of Hurricane Ian, the remnants of the storm are expected to bring heavy rains and gusty winds to the Commonwealth for days, with some areas seeing as much as 8 inches of rain, with even heavier amounts in some places. Governor Youngkin has declared a state of emergency to ensure that state government is ready to respond as needed.
 
Winds from the storm aren't forecast to reach the level of a tropical storm, but with so much rain, any strong winds can knock down trees and take power lines with them.
 
I wanted to share several links that could be useful in the event we do experience significant disruptions from the storm.
 
For helpful preparation tips, visit the Virginia Department of Health.
 
Power Outages
 
Contact information for reporting outages is below.
 
Dominion: (866) 366-4357, and their outage map can be found HERE.
 
Non-Emergency City & County Resources
 
The City of Hampton:
Emergency Management Office | Hampton, VA - Official Website
Non-Emergency Number: 757-727-6111

The City of Poquoson:
Emergency Managment | Poquoson, VA
Non-Emergency Number: 757-868-3501

The County of York:
Emergency Management | York County, VA
Non-Emergency Number: 757-890-3621

As always, if I can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me at (757) 751-0929, or by email at DelACCordoza@house.virginia.gov.
 
Regards,
 
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Sunday, September 4, 2022

91st September Highlights

Dear   –
 
As we look ahead into September and the Virginia General Assembly special session, it's important to take a moment and consider what it is at stake, when we reconvene on Wednesday, September 7th.

The Bad News
 

  • This week's vote by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is monumental, and not just for California.
     
  • Under the regulations adopted Thursday, the sale of non-electric cars will be banned in California by 2035.
     
  • This also bans the sale of non-electric cars in Virginia, as Democrats yoked Virginia to California's Section 177 standards in 2021 with the passage of HB 1965, patroned by Del. Lamont Bagby.
     
  • Under that law, the Air Pollution Control Board is required to adopt laws that match California's, as soon as they are certified by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency to meet the standards of the Clean Air Act.
     
  • Worse, the bill exempted these regulations from the provisions of the Administrative Process Act, removing the public's ability to comment on them.
     
  • As Del. Lee Ware said during the debate in 2021, Virginians have no voice in Sacramento.
     
  • The end result is that, unless the General Assembly acts to repeal this ill-advised measure, it will be illegal to sell a new gasoline powered car in the Commonwealth by 2035.
     
  • The required infrastructure does not exist. Chargers are hard to come by now, and according to the most recent data available, only 2 percent of new sales are electric in Virginia.
     
  • Electric cars are not affordable, and Congress just made what incentives there are to purchase these vehicles much more difficult to obtain.
     
  • At the same time, manufacturers ramped up their prices by the same amount as the subsidy.
     
  • This is a massive government overreach into the day to day lives of Virginians for little to no environmental gain and Virginians did not vote on this. 
     
  • When CARB considered this measure, they bent over backward to accept public comment. Virginians were not afforded the same courtesy – they were locked out of the process.

The Good News
 

  • Republicans can and will fix this by uncoupling our regulations from California and bringing that authority back from Sacramento to Richmond.
     
  • This attack on our economy will help hold seats in the House and TAKE BACK THE SENATE!

Media
 

As stated earlier Del. Lee Ware said during the debate of HB 1965 "Virginians have no voice in Sacramento". The patron, Del. Lamont Bagby had this to say defending his bill...

Seems like House Republicans knew exactly what would happen.

This Week's Legislative Activity
 

  • This week Delegate Cordoza will be in the District office (102 Pratt St, Ft Monroe, VA, 23651) from 1-3 pm on Monday, September 5th 2022.
     

  • This Months "Coffee with the Delegate" will be from 11am to 12:30 pm Saturday September 17th 2022 at Poquoson Diner.
     

  • This Months major event is the "Student Summit Round 2"! event; featuring Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears. Send questions and RSVP to info@cordozaforvirginia.com.
     

 


Delegate Cordoza's Tentative schedule for this week:

  • Monday, September 5th: In District office, 1-3 pm
  • Tuesday, September 6th: York Board of Supervisors 6pm, Hampton Party Meeting, 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 7th: Session Reconvenes, All Day 
  • Thursday, September 8th: Fort Monroe Finance Committee Meeting, 4pm
  • Friday, September 9th: 12th Annual Elected and Local Officials Volunteer Day of Service 9am- noon, Poquoson Vs. York Football, 7pm
  • Saturday, September 10th: 2nd Annual Reimagine America Dialogue Session at Norfolk State University, 12-3pm
  • Sunday, September 10th: 911 Commemoration Ceremonies, All Day


If you'd like to view a complete list of legislation introduced or sponsored by me, feel free to
follow this link. You can also track other legislation in the General Assembly here.
As the delegate representing District 91, I hold your concerns as my highest priority.
 
If ever I may be of assistance to you and your family, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at DelACCordoza@house.virginia.gov or stop by the District office at 102 Pratt St, Fort Monroe, VA, 23651. You can also follow me on twitter @AcCordoza or like my Facebook page Delegate AC Cordoza to keep up to date with what I'm doing in our District and in Richmond.


Have a wonderful week ahead –
 
A.C. 
 
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