There will be a gravesite cleanup and restoration project for the Clifton Cemetery beginning on Saturday, October 10 through Monday, October 19. Porta Potties and trash bins will be furnished.
Family members, volunteers or any community organization is invited to join in this cleanup and restoration of the gravesites. This project is in conjunction with the recently completed general cemetery cleanup performed by the Town of Clifton’s Parks Cleanup Crews, which recently performed cemetery access road and cemetery walkway maintenance.
The Town of Clifton’s project goal is to preserve the rich history of the Clifton Cemetery and the memory of the individuals that helped make Clifton what it is today.
Many of the people who are interred in the Clifton Cemetery helped carve Clifton and Greenlee County from the raw wild-west, worked hard and were the founders of several of our current and former businesses.
These include former town and county officials, doctors, lawyers, marshals, veterans, mothers, fathers, and the children of “Clifton and Greenlee County”, who kept Clifton and Greenlee County vibrant and alive have now unfortunately, some have become the forgotten ones.
Do not make the mistake of thinking there is not a historic cemetery in our area. Wherever people have lived, people have died cemeteries are often neglected and fall into disrepair, but with just a small amount of effort, everyone can see the results preservation quickly.
Cemetery preservation is a good family and volunteer project that honors those people who helped create Clifton’s and Greenlee Counties history. This is a great opportunity for citizens and civic organizations to give back to their loved ones and to their community.
Please bring the suggested tools for this project. These include gloves, rakes, gas operated blowers, brooms, and any other tools that you may need.
If you or someone you know would like to take part in a future cleanup project, need community service hours, or simply want to learn more about the history of our Town please contact Town Hall at 928-865-4146.
Clifton does not have an extensive graffiti problem, however, graffiti is having a negative effect on the appearance of our neighborhoods, on private, state and town property. Graffiti vandalism includes symbols, nicknames or pictures spray painted on walls, fences, signs and/or on other properties. Graffiti is not art; it is blatant vandalism, a blight to all and is used by taggers as a means of attempting to gain recognition. Graffiti is illegal and a growing concern in every community and in Clifton.
Impact on our community: Graffiti vandalism has many negative effects on the community including:
- Costs to the Town of Clifton, businesses, and residents for graffiti removal.
- Affects property values, quality of life, and damages the Town’s reputation for livability.
- Reduction in the visual amenity of an area, graffiti can be associated with gang activity and can be indication of neglect in the community.
- When graffiti is allowed to remain, it invites more graffiti and leads to an increase in vandalism, decreases the perception of safety and can lead to other criminal activity.
Catching graffiti vandals in the act may be a daunting task, but deterring the taggers from repeating the act is also difficult. Preventing graffiti will be a constant challenge but with your assistance and suggestions, I feel we can significantly control graffiti and help keep Clifton beautiful. Be assured your Town Council and Police Department is taking a pro-active approach to the problem of graffiti and to the arrest and prosecution of any and all taggers.
We need your help too. Please report any suspicious activities to the Clifton Police Department and when reporting suspected graffiti activity, please provide the exact location of the graffiti activity.
Crime Prevention Watch:
CALL THE CLIFTON POLICE DEPARTMENT or the GREENLEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE to report a CRIME or any SUSPICIOUS activity at the following telephone numbers:
Clifton Police Department: Emergency 911, 928-865-4145 or 928-865-4566
Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office: Emergency 911, or 928-865-4149
You can be the eyes of your neighborhood and remember you can always remain anonymous!
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Take Pride in Clifton!