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Waynesburg Borough
Municipality within Greene County, Pennsylvania


Public Request Contacts: Duncan Berryman, Mayor
Michael N. Simms, Borough Manager


Waynesburg Borough Building
90 East High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-627-8111 / Fax: 724-627-8212
Email: wbgboro@windstream.net and Website: waynesburgboro.com
Office Hours: Monday — Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Waynesburg - Franklin Township VFD: To report a fire dial 911
For business calls only: 724-627-5426
Fire Marshall: Jeff Marshall / Assistant Chief: Scott Collins
VFC Website: www.waynesburgfire.com

Waynesburg Borough Police: 724-627-8113
90 East High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Police Department Website: police department

Waynesburg Borough was settled October 28, 1796 and incorporated on January 20, 1816. Waynesburg is the county seat of Greene County, PA, and located 60 miles (97 km) southwest of Pittsburgh. The borough is in 18th Congressional District, the 46th Senatorial District, and the 50th Legislative District of Pennsylvania.

Waynesburg Borough Officials: (Updated 2/2/2016)
MAYOR: Duncan Berryman BOROUGH MANAGER:
Michael N. Simms — 724-627-8111
Email: Wbgboro@windstream.net
ASSISTANT BOROUGH MANAGER:
Bryan Cumberledge — 724-627-8112
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT:
Athena Bowman
TAX COLLECTOR:
Kayla Balint, 47 E. Lincoln Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 (724-833-9231)
APPOINTED TAX COLLECTOR:
Keystone Collections Group
546 Wendel Rd, Irwin, PA 15462
724-978-0300 / Fax: 724-978-0339
ENGINEER:
Michael H. Dufalla, PE, PLS
724-222-3271 / Cell: 724-705-3549
C.D.B.G.:
Markosky Engineering Group
223 East Main Street, Ligonier, PA 15658
724-238-4138
CONSTABLES:
Richard Owens
BOROUGH SOLICITOR:
Patrick Fitch, Waynesburg, PA 15370
BUILDING PERMITS:
Frank Monack (724-322-2166)
SEWAGE: 100% public sewage
ZONING & CODES OFFICER: Bryan Cumberledge (724-627-8112)
Board Members: Adam Chapman, Susan Pool, William Batchelder, Jeanne Songer, & Eric Rush. Board Solicitor: William Hook
Zoning Hearing Board Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at the Waynesburg Borough Council Chambers, at 7:00 pm, as needed basis. Any questions regarding zoning please contact the Borough Office at 724-627-8111; also refer to the borough website to download zoning forms.
COUNCIL CHAMBERS: Duncan Berryman, Mayor; Larry Marshall President; Mark Fischer, Vice President; Lynne Snyder, President Pro-Tem; Miles Davin, Dar Fitch, Patrick Haught, Bryan Johnston, Greg Leathers, and Brian Tanner
Scheduled Borough Council Meeting Dates: second Monday at 6:00 p.m. — in the Waynesburg Borough Council Chambers
Borough Council Meeting Minutes: Please contact the borough office regarding their meeting notes at 724-627-8111.
Borough Permits, Grants, and/or Ordiances: Please contact borough office at 724-627-8111. REMEMBER: PA One Call "Call before you Dig" 1-800-242-1776.
Borough Sewage Treatment Plant: 724-627-5406 (located at Meadowlark Park Road, Waynesburg, PA)
Borough Downloadable Forms: click HERE
WAYNESBURG PROPEROUS & BEAUTIFUL:
Jeanine Henry — 724-627-8119
MAIN STREET MANAGER:
Larry Marshall

Waynesburg Borough History:
Early in the twentieth century, four large gas compressing stations and a shovel factory were located in Waynesburg. The region around Waynesburg is underlaid with several layers of coking coal, including the Pittsburgh No. 8 seam, the Waynesburg seam, and the Sewickley (Mapletown) seam. This area is also rich with coalbed methane, which is being developed from the several underlying coal seams as an alternative fuel source, as of 2012. At one time, there were also natural gas and oil deposits in the area. The Marcellus Shale, the largest domestic natural gas reserve, is currently being developed in Waynesburg and throughout Greene County.

In 1900, 2,544 people lived here, and in 1910, 3,545 residents were here. The population was about 4,200 at the time of the 2000 U.S. Census. Waynesburg is home to Waynesburg University. It is the county seat of Greene County GR6. it is named after General "Mad" Anthony Wayne who served with George Washington in the Revolutionary War.

May 2013 — Waynesburg gets new police chief and borough manager, click here for rest of the story.

More about Waynesburg Borough:
  • Children living within within Waynesburg Borough attend schools within the Central Greene School District, which include:
    • Margaret Bell Miller Middle School (724-852-2722)
    • Perry Elementary (724-324-2687)
    • Waynesburg Central Elementary (724-627-3081)
    • Waynesburg Central High (724-852-1050)
    • Administration Offices (724-627-8151)
    • Greene County Career Development Center (Vo-Tech) (724-627-3106)

  • Voting Precinct for Waynesburg Borough are located in the following polling locations:
    1. Waynesburg Ward 1: First United Methodist Church
      112 N. Richhill Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 (Church Phone: 724-627-5951)
    2. Waynesburg Ward 2: Waynesburg Borough Building, 90 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
    3. Waynesburg Ward 3: Central Greene School Warehouse
      54 N. Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370

    For more on precinct, go to: Polling Precinct Details or contact the Greene County Elections Office at 724-852-5304.

  • Waynesburg Borough Coordinates: Waynesburg is located at 39°53'51"N, (39.897403, -80.185597) GR1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.1 km² (0.8 mi²), all land. Elevation: 1034 feet. Land area: 0.83 square miles.

    The region is underlaid with a stratum of coking coal, including the Pittsburgh No. 8 seam, the Waynesburg seam and the Sewickly, or Mapletown seam. The area is also rich with coalbed methane gas, which is currently being developed from the several underlying coal seams as an alternative fuel source. At one time, there were also natural gas and oil deposits in the area. The Marcellus Shale, the largest domestic natural gas reserve, is currently being developed in Waynesburg and throughout Greene County.

  • Deed Transfers: A deed is the document that transfers ownership of real estate. It contains the names of the old and new owners and a legal description of the property, and is signed by the person transferring the property. Property Deeds for Greene County are recorded in our Office of Register and Recorder, located in the Greene County Courthouse, Room 100, 10 East High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 (Phone: 724-852-5283). For more information, go to: Recorder of Deeds. Click here for deed transfers recorded within Waynesburg Borough of Greene County, Pennsylvania.

  • Comprehensive Plan: For information on Waynesburg Borough's Comprehensive Plan, please contact the borough office at 724-627-8111. Also see the Greene County Comprehensive Plan prepared by the Department of Economic Development.

  • Waynesburg Tax Abatement: Click HERE for more information on tax abatement in Waynesburg Borough.

  • Borough Utilities: click HERE for borough utility information.
Waynesburg Borough Officials of the past:
Those elected as members of the Waynesburg Borough Council since 1946 with the date of election were:
  • 1947 — M.M. Stephenson (re-elected in 1951), Alfred Hill, A.B. Long (re-elected in 1951)
  • 1949 — Clarence Huffman, S. Ross Phillips, J. Lafy Hughes, Paul L. Jamison, George D. Black
  • 1951 — J. G. Devine, Clarence A. Zahniser
  • 1953 — Ewing B. Polloc, S. Ross Phillisp, J. Edward VanCleve, Paul L. Jamison, Roy Shultz
  • 1957 — R. Clovis Wright, Will G. Stephan (re-elected in 1961), Morgan A. Hunnell, Peter G. Jabour, Leslie R. Conkle (re-elected in 1961)
  • 1959 — John B. Rush, W. Ray Inghram, Harry H. Thomas, Robert L. Stephenson
  • 1961 — Elmer B. Everett, L. D. Cummings, Russell McKeee
  • 1963 — M. M. Stephenson, Charles T. Hogue (re-elected 1969), Eli COde, Paul Bernhart, Sr.
  • 1965 — William Roule, Herbert L. Grandon, George W. Critchfield, Russell C. Stewart, James E. Henderson
  • 1967 — Joseph H. Stewart (re-elected in 1971, 1975, 1979), Clyde Porter, Leonard T. Katchmark, Ivan McCullough (re-elected in 1971)
  • 1969 — John H. Cassidy (re-elected in 1973, 1977), Worthy R. Scott, William L. Millikin, Jr. (re-elected in 1973), Leslie R. Conkle
  • 1971 — Samuel K. Francis, James H. McDougal (re-elected in 1975)
  • 1973 — C. Robert McCall, Richard G. (Glenn Richards) Klopsch (re-elected in 1977, 1981), Charles H. Beyer
  • 1975 — Charles A. Berryhill (re-elected in 1979, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1995-2015), Raymond F. Murdock (re-elected in 1979)
  • 1977 — Mildred K. Fox, Kenneth Broadt
  • 1979 — Jim Eichenlaub, Frank VanCleve (re-elected 1981, 1985), Robin Roberts
  • 1981 — Beverly R. Krill, Thomas C. Brown, Mark W. Fischer
  • 1983 — Lonnie L. Dusenberry (re-elected in 1987), Paul W. Salosky, Jr., Charles A. Beiter, Jr. (re-elected in 1985, 1989)
  • 1985 — Michael A. Mulholland, Barry Glenn Crumrine, Elaina Evertt
  • 1987 — James H. McDougal, Danny R. Scott (re-elected in 1989), Gregory C. Leathers
  • 1989 — James Rogers, John Hoelle, Virginia Hunnell
  • 1991 — John W. McCall, James H. McCougal, Patrick Fitch
  • 1993 — Tim Stewart, Larry A. Marshall, George Edward Howard, Duncan Berryman, Murray Hoy
  • 1995 — William A. Ross, Miles A. Davin, Jr., Darwin Fitch
Source of Information: History of Greene County, Pennsylvania — "The Last Fifty Years", by G. Wayne Smith (Vol II, Part VIII, Government, pg 1126-1127)

Notable Interests within Waynesburg Borough:
  • Click HERE for a listing of businesses and churches within Waynesburg Borough

  • Historical Weather Conditions:
    • Waynesburg-area historical tornado activity is below Pennsylvania state average. It is 35% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
    • On 6/3/1980, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 32.1 miles away from the Waynesburg city center injured 19 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.
    • On 8/3/1963, a category 3 tornado 36.0 miles away from the city center killed 2 people and injured 70 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.
    • On 2/5/2010, a major snowstorm hit Greene County, and the entire month of February brought continuous snowfalls and record low temperatures. Electrical power was out in some places for 2 weeks, causing schools to be closed and bringing the county to its knees for many days.

  • Educational Facilities within the Borough:
    • Margaret Bell Miller Middle School — located at 126 East Lincoln Street; was built in 1928 as the high school and was originally called Margaret Bell Miller (MB) High School, but was later renamed to the Waynesburg High School. In 1969, upon completion of the current Central Greene High School, MBM became an elementary and middle school. In 1979, extensive renovations and an addition were completed and MBM School was officially dedicated. Today, 2010, the MBM Middle School is for students grades 6th through 8th. The faculty consists of 45 teachers and has approximately 75 staff members. Click here for the school website (www.cgsd.org).

    • Waynesburg University — located at 51 West College Street, is a private, comprehensive Christian university offering doctoral, graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a contemporary campus in the hills of Southwestern Pennsylvania, with three adult centers located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 27 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service. Click here to connect with Waynesburg University website (www.waynesburg.edu).

    • Eva K. Bowlby Library — located at 311 West Street, is a modern library in a beautiful old home. It has a large adult and children's collection, records, microfilm and a major genealogical collection. The library also has an audiovisual division. It provides free audiovisual equipment and materials to all library patrons. Click here for the library's website (www.evakbowlby.org)

  • Historical Sites and Events:
    • Every year on July 29th, Waynesburg has a unique celebration known nationally as Rain Day. It just so happens that almost every July 29th brings rain to Waynesburg Borough. This unique event, that is more than 50 years old (the records of Rain Day dates back into the 1800s), is well known throughout the world. Click HERE for additional information and photos.

    • Annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Social Service League and held at the West Park in Waynesburg.

    • Annual Sheep & Fiber Fest — visitors to Waynesburg, PA may feel as if the clock has turned back a century if they try to drive through the town’s historic business district on the 3rd weekend of May. Originally occupying four blocks of the main thoroughfare through Waynesburg, but has more recently relocated to the Greene County Fairgrounds. Click HERE for additional information.

    • Annual 50s Fest and Antique Car Show — held each year in September in downtown historic Waynesburg where over 200 cars, trucks and motorcycles of all years and makes attend this family event. Click HERE for photos and information.

    • Annual Trick or Treat Parade, has been a tradition in Waynesburg to celebrate Trick or Treating the Thursday before Halloween from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. This event is for Children Age 12 and under. Following Trick or treating the annual parade sponsored by the Lions Club will start in lot 2 which is located behind the Greene County office Building and proceed to High Street going two blocks west, ending at National City parking lot where additional treats are distributed by the Lions Club to the children who participate in the parade.

    • Cornerstone Genealogical Society — giving the pst a future since 1975 ... local history and genealogy for Greene County, PA.

    • Captain Robert C. Wiley Armory (Waynesburg) — was constructed in 1918, and was always maintained by the Comonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purpose of housing and training an Army National Guard Unit. Although the unit has changed several times, Company K is best remembered. For six years the unit operated as military police. More recently, the guard unit was known as Company C, 2nd Battalion, 110th Infantry, which is an affiliate of the 28th Infantry Division, a traditional Pennsylvania Unit. Due to the armory building in need of major repairs and the smaller size of the building, a new location and facility was necessary—one with more space where the guard units could train and perform maneuvers in preparation for shipping out. In 2009, the Waynesburg Armory was vacated by Company C when they relocated to their new facility at EverGreene Technology Park in Waynesburg. Open House was celebrated on the Armory's History (November 5, 2009).

    • Original Log Courthouse — A log structure built by George Graham and George Ullom for Sheriff James Hook in 1797, a year after Greene County was created in 1796. It was used as the county's seat of government until about 1800 when a brick courthouse was built on High Street. It is believed to be the oldest log courthouse on it's original lot in Pennsylvania and possibly in the whole country. Greene County's No. 1 Tourist Attraction Click HERE for more information about the original log courthouse.

    • Civil War Monument: located in Monument Park, the Commons, is representative of the rich history of the borough of Waynesburg. The inscription on the base states "Erected by the County of Greene in grateful memory of her soldiers and sailors of the war for the union."

    • Farmer’s Market: sponsored by Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful. Buy Fresh-Buy Local and help support the local farmers buy purchasing fresh vegetables, flowers, fruits, herbs and jams at this market. If you would like to participate and sell your goods or distribute information at the market. Click HERE for additional information.

    • Click HERE to read more about the Waynesburg Borough events.

  • Organizations and more:
  • Nearby Medical Facilities and Fitness Clubs:
    • Washington Hospital System - Greene
    • Nova Care (fitness club)
    • Resolutions Health Spa
    • Wellness Center: located in the Washington Hospital System - Greene, owned by the hospital. The staff has either a degree or certification in physical therapy and are employees of the hospital. The facility is designed to accommodate 300 people and currently handles approximately 100 patients per day. The gym / fitness center has approximately 400 members and averages 100 users per day. Members may purchase a 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month membership.

  • Borough Parks: The Waynesburg Commons consist of 5 parks known as West Park, Ritchie Park, College Park, Monument Park and East Park. These parks at one time were used for pasturing of farm animals such as cows, horses and hogs all permitted to run at large for decades. These commons are as follows:
    • West Park: a small Park west of Ritchie Park, which has a small bridge.
    • Ritchie Park: (2 acres) open lawn — Is a small Park west of Ritchie Park, which has a small bridge.
    • College Park: known as "Fountain Park" built in the 1920's, and the fountain/lake is a favorite place for students to study and relax while enjoying nature's beauty. This park is a portion of the town commons. The Waynesburg residents and Waynesburg University students use the park for recreation.
    • Monument Park: (2.7 acres) open lawn: Dedicated on July 4, 1899. This 65 foot monument is the “Soldiers and Sailors” monument honoring those who had fought in the Civil War. The inscription on the base states "Erected by the County of Greene in grateful memory of her soldiers and sailors of the war for the union."
    • East Park: (3 acres) open lawn — In 1922 twenty-two trees were planted in East Park as part of a national Historic Tree Program.

    Other parks near the commons are Sunrise Park and Sunset Park:
    • Sunrise Park — (1.5 acres) open lawn area with large trees, paved walking area, benches and waste receptacles. For more information contact the Waynesburg Borough at 724-627-8111.
    • Sunset Park — (1.45 acres) open lawn area with large trees adjacent to a church. For more information contact the Waynesburg Borough at 724-627-8111.

    Other parks within the borough include the following:
    • Central Park Playground (.87 acres) — Formerly known as the "Waynesburg Borough Playground". In the past this park was flooded every winter season for the use of an ice skating rink. Also has Ball field, playground, pavilion, concrete walkways, concrete stairway w/rails, paved parking area, lighting and more.
    • Fountain Park — located on the town commons in Waynesburg and features a pathway with park benches and a fountain. For more information, contact the Waynesburg University at 724-627-8191.
    • Hooper Park — Dedicated in 2006 and sits in the center of downtown Waynesburg. This park is now the home to the Rain Day Statue donated by Glenn R. Toothman Jr.

  • Area Churches:
    • First Baptist Church of Waynesburg
    • First Christian Church of Waynesburg
    • First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg
    • First United Methodist Church of Waynesburg
    • St. Ann Catholic Church
    • Washington Street United Methodist Church
    • Ministerium, Waynesburg Area
    • CBM Ministries of Southwest Pennsylvania
    • Salvation Army Church

  • Cemeteries: Green Mount Cemetery

  • Area Colleges/Universities:
    • Waynesburg University (Full-time enrollment: 1,376; Location: 51 West College Street; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.waynesburg.edu; Offers Master's degree)
    • California University of Pennsylvania (about 13 miles; California, PA; Full-time enrollment: 5,183)
    • West Virginia University (about 24 miles; MORGANTOWN, WV; FT enrollment: 19,666)
    • University of Pittsburgh-Main campus (about 32 miles; Pittsburgh, PA; FT enrollment: 22,930)
    • Duquesne University (about 32 miles; Pittsburgh, PA; FT enrollment: 8,199)
    • Westmoreland Community College

  • Streams, rivers, and creeks: Purman Run, Toll Gate Run, Ten Mile Creek
Pennsylvania Local Government:
(Information Source: wikipedia.org (Wikipedia, the Free Online Encyclopedia))
Local government in Pennsylvania is a mosaic of 5,334 individual units. All were established by the State or provincial government and operate under laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Each unit is distinct and independent of other local units, although they may overlap geographically and may act together to serve the public. Waynesburg Borough is located within Greene County, Pennsylvania, United States; its population was 7,694 at the 2000 census.

Informative Links: (8/11/2016)

For general information, please contact the Information Services
at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399
Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370


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