Job Posting

Planning Director: The Town of Cramerton is seeking a qualified local government professional for the position of Planning Director. The position performs technical, administrative, and clerical work in directing and coordinating the planning and zoning activities of the Town.  Work is performed under the direction of the Town Manager. Successful candidate will have a good working knowledge of the principles and practices of urban planning and will be responsible for all planning and zoning functions including administration of the Town’s land development code, land use plan, floodplain ordinance, and stormwater program. Experience in municipal planning and zoning administration and a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, engineering or related field, or any equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Resumes may be sent to Town of Cramerton, Attn: Michael C. Peoples, 155 North Main Street, Cramerton, NC 28032. Deadline for applications is 8/9/2013.  Hiring Salary range: $39,000 to $45,000 DOQ.  The Town of Cramerton is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

PARTF Grant Awarded

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The Town of Cramerton was awarded a $500,000 grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority (NC PARTF) on Friday, May 10th. The NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority received 78 applications requesting $20,600,000 in funding and only 14 projects were successful in sharing $4,000,000 in funding.

The Goat Island Park, Phase II project includes the construction of a 191’ x 10’ pedestrian bridge connecting Goat Island to the Town Center area, a paved loop trail around the open meadow area, a 2-5 year old playground, dog park, permanent cornhole boards, and two concrete outdoor ping pong tables.

The total cost of the Phase II Island Project is $1,220,000 and the Town is actively seeking additional funding for the project. The Town has received a $10,000 Adopt-A-Trails grant for the project. The Town also received a $20,000 grant from the Glenn Foundation here in Gaston County to go towards the construction of the project too!

ETJ Areas Relinquished

The Town of Cramerton has relinquished a portion of the ETJ (Extra Territorial Jurisdiction) to Gaston County which consists of approximately 777 parcels of land outside the municipal corporate limits effective December 31st 2012. The relinquished area consists of 618 acres and contains approximately 621 residential structures and 6 businesses.

The Town is reducing its ETJ in order for Gaston County to provide all land use planning services such as zoning, minimum housing enforcement, and building inspections.  The Town will maintain those areas along strategic corridors or gateways into the Town and areas where municipal services can easily be provided.

State law enacted in the 1950s, when few counties regulated land use, was designed to give towns a hand in the development of areas that might become urban and need municipal services in the future. Cramerton established its ETJ in the 1970s. It was expanded in the 1980s, shortly before Gaston County put zoning regulations into place.

The Town of Cramerton and Gaston County worked closely to assure new County zoning is consistent with the zoning currently in place by the Town. State law gives a County 60 days to zone land when a municipality relinquishes its ETJ rights.

The below maps show the areas to be relinquished.

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C. C. Dawson Bridge Closing

The Town has been notified by NCDOT that the C.C. Dawson Bridge over the South Fork River that connects Lakewood Road with North Main Street, will be demolished, removed and reconstructed. The projected project completion date is April 2014.

The NCDOT designated detour is Eighth Avenue to Market Street to Wilkinson Blvd. North Main Street will be open only to those who reside on that street as well as Lakewood Road from Eagle Road toward downtown. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Town Hall at 704-824-4337.

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Goat Island Project

Goat Island

The 30 acre Island located in the center of Cramerton was transformed into a park offering amenities for everyone. Goat Island is a place where adults and children can enjoy the playground, go fishing or canoeing, take in an outdoor concert, or enjoy a stroll around the walking trails. The additions to the Island will promote the Town of Cramerton’s Fit Community Designation and give visitors and citizens alike the opportunity to enjoy the South Fork River in a unique way.

In order to meet the needs of all age groups there are a variety of recreational elements included. Water based recreation is a major component of the project, featuring an observation pier and two canoe/kayak landings. The project also includes two picnic shelters for family gatherings, an extensive playground, disc golf course, and the open air amphitheater located in Town Center. These elements will allow for programming opportunities such as festivals, educational classes and instructional programs. The Town encourages you to get involved! If you have an idea about programming or events for Goat Island, please contact Michael Peoples at 704-824-4337 or submit your idea online at www.cramerton.org.

The Goat Island project was funded by the Town of Cramerton and grants from the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, Carolina Thread Trail, NC Recreational Trails, and the Glenn Foundation.

Stuart Cramer High School

Construction Underway @ New Stuart W. Cramer High School

The new Stuart W. Cramer High School is under construction and the majority of the equipment is accessing the site from Hubbard Street. The street improvements should begin in the spring of 2011 and be administered by the NC Department of Transportation. The new High School will open to students in 2013.

If you would like to keep up with the progress of the construction of the new Stuart W. Cramer High School, you can visit a dedicated website at:

Stuart W. Cramer High School at MBAJ