CLIFTON FORGE — The Clifton Forge Police Department is preparing to move to another building near town hall.

Town Manager Darlene Burcham said the relocation may be complete by October.

Burcham briefed town council Tuesday night on the police department’s planned move. Town council met at town hall for its July meeting.

The police department will be moving to a building that has been used as a business incubator.

Workers will begin preparing  the building so it will be equipped to accommodate a new radio communications system that will be used by local law-enforcement agencies and emergency responders.

The new location will give Clifton Forge police more office space.

“We hope the move will be completed by October, if not a little sooner,” Burcham said.

During Tuesday night’s meeting, council appropriated $4,000 to help finalize a land purchase by Houff Corp. from CSX Corp.

Houff is purchasing an abandoned parcel of land near its railyard storage facility.

Houff provided Clifton Forge with the $4,000. It will be treated as deposit to purchase the property from CSX.

Houff Corp. uses its Clifton Forge facility to store road salt. 

In another discussion related to economic development, Joan Vannorsdall of the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors appeared before town council to promote higher levels of regional cooperation.

Vannorsdall represents the Clifton Forge East District on the board of supervisors.

She said she spends some of her time traveling the Appalachian region of the United States. Vannorsdall said on her trips, she visits small communities that have successfully promoted economic development.

Vannorsdall said she recently visited Landrum, S.C., a small city located between Spartanburg, S.C., and Asheville, N.C.

Vannorsdall said Landrum has worked with other small towns to create a “thriving tourist destination.” She said one of the towns involved in the cooperative endeavor is located in another state.

“They have succeeded economically, as well as socially,” said Vannorsdall.

She said Landrum is an example of how the Alleghany Highlands can thrive economically through greater levels of regional cooperation.

Vannorsdall said governments in the Highlands need to work more closely together and she suggested they even reach out to White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., to promote regional endeavors.

“We need to find a way, as an area, to move forward, and even reach across state borders into White Sulphur Springs,” she said.

In other business, council:
— Adopted an ordinance that includes group homes with less than eight persons  with disabilities in the definition of a residential property. The change complies with the Virginia Code.

—  Appropriated $7,500 in funds from the 2019-2020 budget for perpetual care in public cemeteries.

— Discussed Trudi Lacey Day, which will be observed Aug. 10 in Clifton Forge.

Lacey, who was star basketball player at Clifton Forge High School, was the first African-American woman to receive a four-year scholarship to play basketball at North Carolina State University.

She played and coached on the professional level. She was inducted into the N.C. State Athletic Hall of Fame in April.

Lacey will be honored on the steps of town hall at 10 a.m. on Aug. 10. She will be presented with a ceremonial key to the town.