• Linden Park Concept Plan

    The Heights, Linden Park, Clifton Forge, Va. – Concept Plan

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  • Welcome to Clifton Forge – “A Highlands Treasure.”

    The Town of Clifton Forge, Virginia is a Municipal Corporation and a Political Subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Although the Town was chartered in 1906, its history dates back to the 1700s. The land that the Town now occupies was originally part of a 1770 land grant to a Robert Gallaspy by Lord Botetourt, the Governor of Virginia.

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  • Alleghany Living 2014-15 online magazine

    “Well, it’s happening again.” Another beautiful day in the Alleghany Highlands Virginia. Browse Events, Maps, Arts, and much more.

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  • The Roanoker

    “You Can’t Go Home Again…Well, Maybe You Can” by Joan Vanorsdall. Photography by Chuck Almarez. The Roanoker Magazine, June 2014.

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  • Visit the Town of Clifton Forge, Virginia

    Visit Clifton Forge, Va. in the Alleghany Highlands and enjoy our local area attractions.

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  • Town of Clifton Forge Virginia Incubator 2014 3

    ‘The Business Incubator and Co-Working Center’ Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    Located in the rear of what is locally known as the Highlands Cleaners building, the center is designed to stimulate business creation and success in the area. The Incubator offers open and shared space for entrepreneurs, freelancers, start ups, and those looking for an opportunity to network.

    The center offers the following: co-working office space, small and large meeting and conference areas, free WIFI access and WIFI accessible copy and fax machines, a small kitchen and lounge area, laptops, projector and screen, high definition TV with computer port, 24/7 access with security monitoring in order to fit the needs of various individual businesses, and in its first year – businesses may use the Incubator space at no cost.

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  • Clifton Forge Public Library

    The mission of the Clifton Forge Public Library is to inform, educate, and entertain the public through a variety of programs, print and non-print sources and community activities.

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  • Find a Local Business

    We are proud of the quality businesses in Clifton Forge. Browse our business directory and learn more about us – find a new restaurant, discover a great shop, make reservations to stay the night, enjoy a show and contact professionals when you need a job done right. We are open!

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  • Relocating to Clifton Forge, Virginia?

    The Alleghany Highlands offers an extraordinary quality of life for its residents and an exceptional range of opportunities for visitors. Learn about the area Real Estate Resources and the area Schools & Colleges.

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Upcoming Events in the Town of Clifton Forge, Va.

Aug 1 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
DRAWING LESSONS Every Thursday, 1 pm to 3 pm; Every Saturday, 12 pm to 2 pm Learn about contour, mass, light, shade, proportion. Draw what you see (and what you WANT to see). Instructor: Norm Aberle One-hour private lesson: $20; group lesson (more than one): call Clifton Forge School of
Aug 3 @ 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Aug 3 @ 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Guitar, Mandolin & Ukelele CD300 For 7 years old and older. Choose the instrument and learn to play! Every MONDAY. Noon-3:00pm. Call the school to schedule your time. 504-862-7275 Instructor: Cheryl Lunsford; Fee: $89/monthly for 4 half-hour lessons; ww.cfsota.org
Aug 3 @ 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Clifton Forge Public Library Board Meeting 5:30pm to 8:00pm Michael Armstrong Room at the Clifton Forge Public Library
Aug 4 @ 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Clifton Forge School of the Arts
Every Tuesday morning. (Call the School to select your lesson time.) Beginnings, intermediate and advanced students are welcome. Instructor: Cheryl Lunsford. Monthly Fee: $79 for 4 (or 5) thirty-minute lessons each month.
Aug 4 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WATERCOLOR: Tuesdays 10am -12 noon, July 14 to August 18, 2015, 6 weeks , $90 Michael Farrar Beginning students will develop fundamental knowledge of materials and techniques used in painting with transparent watercolor. Subjects covered include still life and landscape. Newcomers learn basic techniques, use of color, value, & contrast
Aug 4 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
OIL PAINTING: Tuesdays, 2-4 pm, July 14 to August 18, 2015, 6 weeks , 6 weeks, $90, Michael Farrar For beginners, this class will focus on the technical and expressive fundamentals of oil painting. Beginning students will become familiar with oil paints, mediums, and paint handling. Learn how to choose

Summer Lunch Program starting Mon, June 15th

Clifton Forge will be the site of a summer lunch program for youth beginning on June 15 at the Fire Station.  The program is open to those under the age of 18 and will operate Monday-Thursday from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Nominate a Resident for Recognition ”Beyond the Corridor”

Residents beyond the main corridors of Town will be recognized for their efforts to improve the exterior of their properties.  GUIDELINES AND FORM HERE

1. Anyone can nominate a resident for recognition by completing the ”Beyond the Corridor Recognition" form.

2. Before and after pictures should be attached to the form.

3. Exterior improvement must have been completed between January 1, 2015 and November 1, 2015 to be eligible.

4. Homes should show significant visual exterior improvement by remodeling, re-roofing, re-siding, painting, landscaping or a combination of all or any of the above.

5. The home may be rented or owned.

6. The home’s lawn and exterior should be clean and well maintained.

7. All nominations should be turned in to Clifton Forge Main Street or the Town Manager’s office in Town Hall by November 2nd of this year. Awards will be announced at the November 10th Clifton Forge Town Council meeting.

An Ad Hoc committee of five (5) has been appointed by the Vision 2025 Corridor Curb Appeal Committee. This committee will have the responsibility for selecting the winners.

There will be a maximum of five (5) winners who will each receive a $50 gift card from True Value Hardware. All nominees will have a recognition sign placed in their yard (pending approval from the homeowner).



The Town of Clifton Forge is establishing a pool of applicants to fill a possible future vacancy.

Interested applicants must have graduated from an accredited high school or possess a GED and a valid Virginia driver’s license with a good driving record, be at least 21 years of age with good physical and moral character and be able to complete  Basic Police Training.  College level education in Criminal Justice, Police Administration, or related field, or experience in law enforcement is preferable.

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The Town of Clifton Forge is accepting bids from qualified contractors for Paving Contract.

Copies of the Request for bids for this undertaking are available at the Public Works Department at 520 Howard Street, Clifton Forge, VA 24422 or call (540) 863-2517.  There is a Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference. This conference will be held on 17 July 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Public Works Department at 520 Howard St.

Sealed proposals will be accepted through 2 PM on August 4, 2015, at the Public Works Department in a sealed envelope marked “On Call Paving”.


The Recycle Trailer

The Recycle Trailer is now back at the Matthews Park location.  This location is in addition to the one presently at Kroger.

Announcement: Few In C.F. Protected Under New Sewer Lateral Ordinance

2/25/2015 8:37:00 AM

Few In C.F. Protected Under New Sewer Lateral Ordinance

CLIFTON FORGE — Out of 1,500 active utility accounts, only 20 are protected under a new sewer lateral ordinance that was adopted last year by Clifton Forge Town Council.

In April 2014, after more than six months of discussing various options to address the cost and responsibility for sewer laterals between an individual’s property line and the main sewer line, Clifton Forge Town Council adopted an ordinance making the town responsible for the maintenance and repair of this section of sewer pipe once the owner installed a town-approved cleanout on his sewer lateral.

The town would inspect cleanouts at no cost and install a cleanout where needed for the cost of materials ($60). The owner could also use a contractor to install.

A $3 per month sewer lateral fee was adopted, effective July 1, 2014, to offset the costs of repairs incurred by the town for faulty lines in the future.

After almost eight months, very few citizens have taken advantage of the free cleanout inspection (8) and only 12 owners have had cleanout installed, or are waiting for installation, by the town for the $60 fee.

Until a cleanout is installed and/or inspected, the owner remains responsible for any repairs to the often times troubled section of their sewer lateral, Clifton Forge officials remind residents.

While Public Works installs cleanouts when requested, and as time is available, residents are encouraged to consider paying the $60 material fee at their earliest convenience to avoid costly repairs to their sewer line between their property line and the main line in the future.

2015 Town of Clifton Forge Council Goals

1. Work to make better communication a top priority using a variety of methods.

2. Continue to support Town infrastructure improvement by dedicating financial and human resources to this effort.

a. Water lines
b. Sewer lines
c. Road repair, especially on main roads in Town
d. Increase the amount of sidewalk repair including reviewing better designation of handicap sidewalks and curbs.

3. Promote and implement Tax Exemption Program developed by Clifton Forge, Covington, Alleghany County and Iron Gate.

4. Continue to support efforts for long-range strategic planning for the town of Clifton Forge.

a. Receive regular updates from AH Economic Development Corporation
b. Updates by Planning Commission
c. Updates by AH Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
d. Updates by Clifton Forge Main Street

5. Continue efforts to market town-owned properties.

6. Continue to promote clean-up efforts by the Town.

a. Support Town Employees, charitable organizations, and endorse nonprofit groups who have the improvement and beautification of the Town as a primary goal. Review and adopt ordinances that are consistent with clean-up efforts.
b. Support Code enforcement
c. Support Vision 2025 Corridor Curb Appeal Initiatives and encourage more citizen involvement.



The Town of Clifton Forge is pre-qualifying contractors to bid on housing rehabilitation and new housing construction for the Lower Roxbury Neighborhood Revitalization Project.  If you are a Virginia licensed (minimum of a Class B License) and insured contractor and are interested in bidding on this work, please contact Don Ford, Director of Community Development, Town of Clifton Forge, at 540/863-2509 or dford@cliftonforgeva.gov for an application form.

The initial deadline for receiving applications is May 15 2015, though additional contractors can apply and be added to the approved list of contractors throughout the project.

The Town of Clifton Forge is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Minority- & female-owned businesses are encouraged to apply.

Seeking Class A or B Contractors

Town of Clifton Forge is seeking Class A or B contractors to participate in the Lower Roxbury revitalization project through DHCD.  Pre-qualification applications are available in the Community Development Office at Clifton Forge Town Hall.

Working Together, It Happens More Than You Think

For Immediate Release

Working Together, It Happens More Than You Think

By Mayor Tom Sibold, Vice Mayor Gayle Hillert

As elected officials, we hear requests for many things from residents of our communities.  Some are easy to achieve and some more difficult.  In the Alleghany Highlands, to survive and thrive, it is best to work together as one entity using the strengths and contributions of Covington, Iron Gate Alleghany County and Clifton Forge.  In the most recent election, we heard that sentiment expressed many times.



Local Weather

Current conditions for Clifton Forge as of Sat, 01 Aug 2015 11:53 am EDT

Partly Cloudy


High: 89° Low: 64°

Partly Cloudy

Feels like: 85 °F

Barometer: 30 in and steady

Humidity: 37%

Visibility: 10 mi

Dewpoint: 64 °F

Wind: 7 mph

Sunrise: 6:22 am

Sunset: 8:25 pm

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Town Council – Public Comments Procedure

NOTICE: In order to ensure that all persons wishing to address Council have the opportunity to do so and in a timely manner, Council respectfully requests that all attendees keep conversation with each other during the meeting to a minimum.
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The Town Reminds You of These Important Dates

January 31st - Animal Tags are due
March 1st - Business licenses are due
March 1st - Town Decals go on sale
April 15th - Town Decals are due
June 5th - Second-half real estate taxes due
July 1st - Tax Relief for Elderly or Disabled
December 5th - First-half real estate taxes due and Personal Property Taxes Due
20th day of each month - Food and Beverage Tax

Highlands Scenic Byway

The scenic drive is a must-see experience for all visiting Virginia's Western Highlands and makes the outdoors and nature accessible even to those who would rather not hike into a wilderness area.

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