In this week’s notebook, the county shares news on the JCSA moving to a new building, trick-or-treat hours and tips for the big day, leaf collection information, and videos available on recent local debates.
JCSA Moves to New Building
The James City Service Authority (JCSA) will move to 119 Tewning Rd. beginning Oct. 26.
The Operations and Engineering Divisions will occupy the new building. The Customer Service Division will remain in Building E at the James City County Government Center.
Operations phone and fax numbers will remain the same. Engineering phone and fax numbers will change. The Operations Center phone number is 229-7421 and the fax is 229-2463. A directory of Engineering phone and fax number changes is available upon request.
Between Nov. 7 and Nov. 20 and Jan. 2 and Jan. 15, county residents may drop off leaves free of charge at the Jolly Pond Convenience Center located at 1204 Jolly Pond Rd. every day.
Leaves will only be accepted in clear bags no larger than lawn or leaf-size (40 gallons or less), from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Leaves from commercial lawn service companies will be accepted by Convenience Center staff with a letter from the resident containing the resident’s name, address and telephone number.
At all other times, leaves may be self-hauled by using coupons available at the Treasurer’s Office, Satellite Office, all County fire stations or online. One coupon per four lawn and leaf-sized bags is required.
Brush and tree limbs are not included in the free collection and will require coupons.
Bagged leaves will be available, free of charge, for personal composting only.
James City County will provide one round of curbside leaf collection. Collection dates are determined by voting district. Due to the recent redistricting, residents’ voting districts may have changed. District information can be found on the maps on the county’s website or by calling the Voter Registrar’s Office at 253-6868.
Voting District Collection Dates
North Powhatan/Stonehouse Dec. 1 to 2
South Powhatan/Jamestown Dec. 5 to 9
Berkeley/Roberts Dec. 12 to 16
Leaves must be in clear bags no larger than lawn or leaf-size (40 gallons or less). Bagged leaves must be left curbside by 8 a.m. on the first day of collection in each district. Each street will be collected one time only. Bulky materials such as brush and tree limbs cannot be accepted.
Burning of leaves is not permitted in James City County, except in certain areas zoned A-1, General Agriculture.
For more information, contact JCC Solid Waste at 565-0971 or GenServ@james-city.va.us.
The big day is almost here! Trick-or-treat hours in James City County are from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, for children 12 and under.
County Police recommend the following tips for a safe Halloween night:
• Costumes should be easy to walk in and short enough to avoid tripping. They should be made out of non-flammable material and easy to see in the dark. Reflective tape sewn onto the costume works well.
• Makeup should be worn instead of a mask. Makeup helps trick-or-treaters see and breathe easily. If masks are worn, they should be taken off before crossing a street.
• Trick-or-treaters should plan their route ahead of time, picking streets that are in familiar neighborhoods and well lit.
• Young children should never trick-or-treat without an adult or older sibling. Older children who trick-or-treat without an adult should do so in a group with the route and return time approved by the caretaker. A flashlight or glow stick should be carried to light the way and to be more visible to cars. Only go to homes with the porch light on.
• Trick-or-treaters should cross only at corners, never between parked cars or in the middle of the block. When possible, they should stay on the sidewalk. If there isn’t a sidewalk, they should stay as far left of the roadway as possible and walk facing traffic. When approaching a house, they should watch for candles in Jack-O-Lanterns or other decorations that may catch clothes on fire.
• Trick-or-treaters should never go into the home of a stranger, even if they are invited in.
• Candy should not be eaten until after it has been checked out by an adult. Treats not in their original packaging should be thrown away. Any suspicious candy should be reported to the Police Department as soon as possible.
Finally, anyone who will be out driving should remember to watch for children trick-or-treating as they might forget to watch out for you.
Debates on YouTube
The county taped the two contested debates for two district seats up for election this year.
Visit the county’s YouTube page to view the two debates: Republican incumbent Mary Jones and challenger Democrat Carlton Stockton for the Berkeley District, and Democrat John McGlennon and Republican Jack Fraley for the Roberts District seat.