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Road closures planned for the Hope Drive Extension Project

Jan 21, 2021

Beginning January 27, 2021 and ending approximately March 10, 2021 (weather permitting), Papermill Road between Roosevelt Blvd and Tevis Street will be closed 24 hours/day for the Hope Drive Extension Project. These roads will be open to local business and residential traffic and detours will be clearly marked. Access to the businesses in this area will be maintained at all times.

Project information is available on the City's Project web page.

UPDATE: Treasurer, Commissioner of Revenue Offices to remain closed through January 22

Jan 15, 2021

Due to a COVID-19 exposure among staff, the City of Winchester Treasurer and the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Offices located in the Creamery Building (21 S. Kent Street) will remain closed through Friday, January 22, 2021.


“Both Mr. Barbour and I wish to extend gratitude to our fellow citizens who have shown remarkable patience and understanding during this time,” stated Commissioner of the Revenue Ann Burkholder. “The health and wellness of our employees and community members are of utmost importance.”


Closure to continue for two Constitutional Offices

Jan 08, 2021

Commissioner of the Revenue Ann Burkholder and City Treasurer Jeff Barbour have decided to extend the office closure through next week due to the previously-reported COVID-19 exposure. Please see their announcement below:

Two improvement projects to begin January 11

Jan 07, 2021

On Monday, January 11, 2021, the City’s contractors will begin work on two large constructions projects totaling over $17.2 million in costs that were first approved by City Council in November 2016: 1) Hope Drive extension and Tevis Street cul-de-sac and 2) Valley Avenue sidewalk and drainage improvements. Both projects are expected to be completed by summer 2022, weather permitting.

Council Member Swearing-In Ceremony

Jan 04, 2021

New and re-elected City Councilors will be sworn in on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 beginning at 5 pm in the Rouss City Hall Council Chambers. In light of the Governor’s orders regarding group gatherings, we will be swearing in the Councilors one at a time and limiting the number of people in the room. Those interested in watching the ceremonies are asked to watch remotely via the live stream on the City’s YouTube page at

Inclement weather schedule

Dec 16, 2020


UPDATE (12/16): 

Due to the snow storm and potential refreeze tomorrow, the City will follow the below schedule on Thursday, December 17, 2020:

SNAP emergency benefits available in December

Dec 09, 2020

Virginia’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will again release emergency allotments of benefits to eligible households this month. Benefits will be automatically loaded to recipients’ Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards on Wednesday, December 16

The emergency allotments raise each household’s monthly allotment to the maximum allowable based on household size as follows:

City offering additional assistance programs for past-due utility bills

Dec 09, 2020

Since November, the City of Winchester has offered an assistance program in partnership with the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley for residents who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and cannot pay their utility bills. Now, thanks to additional CARES Act funding and a new payment plan program, local residents now have more options to help them get caught up on their past-due water and sewer bills.