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Rices Landing Borough
Municipality within Greene County, Pennsylvania


Public Request Contacts: Ryan T. Belski, Mayor
Bill Kovich, President Borough Council


Rices Landing Borough Building
PO Box 185, 137 Main Street, Rices Landing, PA 15357
Phone: 724-592-6055 / Fax: 724-592-6717
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Email: rlborough@windstream.net
COB Website: jeff-morgcog.org/Rices_landing_boro.html

Rices Landing VFC: to report a fire dial 911 / for business calls only: 724-592-5765

Rices Landing Borough was incorporated in May 15, 1903. Rice's Landing occupies a narrow and level river terrace, precipitous hillslope, and level ridgetop adjacent to the Monongahela River in northeastern Greene County. The borough is in 9th Congressional District, the 46th Senatorial District, and the 50th Legislative District of Pennsylvania.


Rices Landing Borough Officials: (Updated 4/1/2014)
MAYOR: Ryan T. Belski — 724-592-6055 TAX COLLECTOR:
Kim Provance — 724-592-5706
SECRETARY: Lori Durr CONSTABLE: Kerry Clipper
ENGINEER:
Bill Utzman, The EADS Group
11045 Parker Dr
North Huntingdon, PA 15642
412-754-0801
SOLICITOR:
Dennis M. Makel, Esq. — 724-222-7639
98 East Maden Street
Washington, PA 15301
CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER: Jill Monas ZONING BOARD: William (Bill) Ankrom
COUNCIL MEMBERS: Bill Kozich, President; Mark Teegarden, Vice President;
Lee Zozich, Tom Teegarden and Brian Crockard
PLANNING COMMISSION: Mark Pochron, William Ginsburg, Doug Headley
PERSONNEL COMMITTEE: Mayor Ryan Belski & Brian Crockard, Co-Chairs
BUILDINGS & GROUNDS COMMITTEE: Barry Elliott, Chairman
PARKS COMMITTEE: Barry Elliott, Chairman
SEWAGE COMMITTEE: Tom Teegarden, Chairman (100% public sewage)
STREETS COMMITTEE: Mark Teegarden, Chairman
MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE: Ron Teegarden, Chairman
JEFFERSON-MORGAN COG REPRESENTATIVE: Barry Elliott
Scheduled Meeting Dates: 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. — in the Rices Landing Borough Building
Board Meeting Minutes: Please contact the borough office regarding their meeting notes at 724-592-6055.
Borough Permits, Grants, and/or Ordiances: For additional information, please contact borough office at 724-592-6055.

Rices Landing History:
Rice's Landing occupies a narrow and level river terrace, precipitous hillslope, and level ridgetop adjacent to the Monongahela River in northeastern Greene County. Pumpkin Run, a deeply embedded tributary of the river, bisects the Rice's Landing Historic District which is composed of 63 buildings, five structures and four archaeological sites. This integrated community is dominated by vernacular buildings of one to two stories dating from the Mid-Victorian to Craftsman period. Through the small scale vernacular buildings, the preserved riverfront, and the geological setting, this district has retained its integrity as a river port from the mid-to-late 19th century and the railroad/coal era of the early 20th century.

The descent from a steep hilltop down the winding corridor of Main Street to the narrow river terrace below, offers an inspiring view of the meandering river and verdant hillsides on the opposite shore. The community's orientation to the river remains in the preservation of the river front and Pumpkin Run as community parks. The original mid-19th century linear town plan is situated at the river terrace on both sides of Pumpkin Run.

Until the town was incorporated in 1903, two separate communities known as Rice's Landing to the northwest and Newport to the southeast were divided by the Cumberland and Jefferson Township line. The borough integrated the two linear town plans into one community. A commercial section of the town developed in response to construction of the Monongahela River lock in Rice's Landing while the Newport section contained early industrial sites including a planing mill, machine shop, and pottery. A ferry landing at the northwestern end of Rice's Landing and a boat launching site at the juncture of Pumpkin Run provided additional access to river transportation. Three main roads — Jefferson Street (Millsboro Road), L.R 30077, and Carmichaels Street located on the west, central, and east sides of town connected Rice's Landing with the uplands and Route 88, the main road to Waynesburg. The Pennsylvania Railroad line occupied the edge of the level terrace at the base of the steep uplands.

More about Rices Landing Borough:
  • Children living within within Rices Landing Borough attend schools within the Jefferson-Morgan School District (Jefferson-Morgan Elementary and High School).


  • Voting Precinct for Rices Landing Borough: is located in the Scout House - Community Building, 100 Water Street, Rices Landing, PA 15357. For more information, go to: Polling Precincts or contact the Greene County Elections Office at 724-852-5304.


  • Rices Landing Borough Coordinance: Rices Landing is a populated place within Greene County, located at latitude — longitude coordinates of 39°56'47"N, 79°59'36"W (39.946282, -79.993295) GR1. Elevation 974 feet (297 Meters). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.3 km² (0.9 mi²). 2.0 km² (0.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (13.48%) is water. (Information Source: Wikipedia, the Free Online Encyclopedia


  • Rices Landing Borough Quad Topo / Arial Map: Topographic USGS Map of Rices Landing area (from TopoZone).


  • 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 Rices Landing Borough of Greene County, Pennsylvania.


  • Comprehensive Plan: Almost two years after beginning the process, eight municipalities in southeastern Greene County held a final public meeting Monday, October 27, 2008 on a draft of their multi-municipal comprehensive plan. Also see the Greene County Comprehensive Plan prepared by the Department of Economic Development.
Jefferson Morgan Regional Council of Governments (JMRCOG):
Click here for the Jefferson Borough JMRCOG information (JMRCOG address: P.O. Box 3 Mather, PA 15346 / Phone: 724-883-2150 / Fax: 724-883-3044 and/or Email: jeff-morgcog@jeff-morgcog.org).

Effective August 12, 2008, the Jefferson Morgan Regional Council of Governments enacted a new Multi-Municipal zoning ordinance. The ordinance covers Jefferson Township, Jefferson Borough, Morgan Township, and Clarksville Borough. Rices Landing Borough has it's own ordinance. Click here for the JM Multi-Municipal Zoning Ordiance document.

The JMRCOG meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m., at the Morgan Township Municipal Office Building located at 1019 Third Street Extension, Mather, PA 15346.

Notable Interests within Rices Landing Borough::
  • Scheduled Annual Events in Rices Landing:
    • Annual Hammer-In at the W.A. Young Foundry and Machine Shop — held the 3rd weekend in April at the Foundry in Rices Landing. Blacksmiths come together for a day of demonstrations, an auction, and tours of the foundry. FMI call 724-774-6757.
    • Annual Dock-to-Lock 5K Run/Walk — held in May at the dock in Rices Landing (registration at the Rices Landing Fire Hall), benefits the Greene County Summer Day Camp Program. FMI contact the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.
    • American Wind Symphony concert on the Lock Wall July 26, 2012 (Rain date July 27th)
    • Annual Pickin' by the Pond — held in June at Peaceful Springs, Rices Landing, PA. An all-day event featuring local traditional bands such as The Wells Family, Hargus Creek Bluegrass, Inner Light, Glorybound, and Knights of the Cross. Children's entertainment will include Giggles the Clow and Faron the illusionist. Admission for this annual event is FREE and festivities will begin at noon and last until 9 p.m. FMI, or if your organization would like to take part in this event, please contact Mary Lynn at 724-592-6588 or email at peacefulsprings@windstream.net.
    • Annual Heroes 5K Run — held in September at the Greene River Trail in Rices Landing; contact Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.
    • Annual Bluegrass Harvestfest — held in September at Peaceful Springs, Rices Landing, PA. For ticket information, FMI, contact Mary Lynn at 724-592-6588 or peacefulsprings@windstream.net.
    • Click here for additional information about the above events.

  • Borough Program(s):
    • The River Town Program: Rices Landing is one of five communities along the Monongahela River included in this economic revitization program, a two-year initiative focusing on the development of riverfront recreational assets in California, Fredericktown-Millsboro (Washington County), Rice’s Landing, Greensboro (Greene County) and Point Marion (Fayette County). The Pennsylvania Environment Council launched this asset-based community development initiative to assist distressed communities bordering a navigable river to develop an alternative economic engine—outdoor recreation — to help revitalize these small communities. To learn more about this program, to to: www.pecpa.org/river-town-program

  • Parks, Trails - Attractions:
    • Min Love Park — (.5 acres) located along the Monongahela River, off of Main Street, provides a pleasant spot to view the river, with a gazebo, picnic tables, benches, a playground, barbecue grills, and public docks.

    • Pumpkin Run Park — open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 9:00 am to dusk, offers pavilions, fire pits, a boat ramp, and hiking and biking trails over 67 beautiful acres. There is also a Boy Scout cabin used for retreats. The pavilions can be rented for a fee, for more information call the recreational authority at 724-592-5403 or 724-592-6055.

    • Kolat Park — (5 acres) on the opposite side of Pumpkin Run from Min Love Park, is a 5 acre area (near the Foundry) that contains a historic jailhouse, community building, and restrooms.

    • Rices Landing Gazebo — located on the Mon River and in the center of town. Used for outdoor events, Riverfest, etc.

    • Greene River Trail Head/Parking Lot — accessing 5.2 miles of paved bike/walking trail along the Monongahela River. Click here for a brochure on our public trails.

    • River Access — The Lock Wall gives the public access to a great view of the Monongahela River. A cement boat ramp with plenty of parking, is available where Pumpkin Run and the Monongahela meet, off of Main Street, in Min Love Park. Public boat docks are also located at Min Love Park, on the Monongahela River, and provide a relaxing spot for fishing.

    • Fishing — Benches along the lock wall in Pumpkin Run Park make a relaxing place to fish while watching the river traffic go by.

  • The Historical Attractions:
    • Rices Landing Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. Portions of the text below were adapted from a copy of the original nomination document. Buildings from the river port era include the Methodist Episcopal Church built in 1873, an 1850s brick jail, and several vernacular wood houses from the Mid-to Late-Victorian period. The general store, an Art Deco bank, and an early Hudson-Rambler garage express the community's importance as a local commercial center for the distribution of goods and services relating with river transportation. Industrial resources are represented by the Y.A. Young Machine Shop, the Excelsior Pottery, and company houses once owned by the H.C. Frick Coke Company during the bituminous coal era. Monongahela River Lock #6, two brick lock keeper's houses from the 1930s, and concrete structures from the railroad period symbolize the significance of transportation to the development of Rice's Landing. Structures include the remains of Lock #6, a concrete bridge from 1914, a 1913 railroad bridge, and a 1913 railroad tunnel.

    • W. A. Young Machine Shop and Foundry: located on Water Street in Rices Landing, the Foundry was built in 1900 by William A. Young. The Foundry is a prime example of America’s industrial heritage and is operated by the Historical Society. Open for tours, the Foundry is full of antique equipment and live demonstrations are performed.

    • Lock 6 Museum: maintains a collection of photos and relics from historic Lock 6 (built in 1916) and Rices Landing. Open Monday and Wednesday, it is located on the second floor of the Borough Building at 137 Main Street, Rices Landing, PA 15357.

  • Significance: The Rice's Landing Historic District is significant in the areas of transportation, industry, and architecture as a preserved, mid-19th to early-20th century Upper Monongahela River port and early industrial town. The town's evolution as a riverport began in the 1860s with the construction of a foundry, blacksmith shop, boat yard and steam sawmill. Although these resources are no longer extant, the Rice's Landing Historic District contains significant extant buildings from the later 19th century. Situated along the river front are the Excelsior Pottery (1870-1885), the W. A. Young and Sons Machine Shop (1900-1965), and the Dilworth Mining Complex (1880-1930). Transportation on the Monongahela River improved in the 20th century when the locks were reconstructed and a new railroad system was introduced through the town. While the integrity of other Upper Monongahela river towns declined due to industrial development, floods, and neglect, this well-preserved, cohesive community dominated by vernacular wood buildings from the Mid-Victorian to Craftsman period provides a sense of historic feeling for the river port era of the mid-to-late 19th century and the railroad/coal era of the early 20th century. The archaeological remains of the Dilworth Mine site also can provide information about the size, layout and processes of this bituminous mining operation. Click here for additional historical information about Rices Landing.


  • Organizations & landmarks:
    • Lock Wall (remaining from Rices Landing Old Lock 6)

  • Area Churches:
    • Hewitt Presbyterian Church, 1206 Crucible Rd., Rices Landing, PA 15357 (Phone: 724-592-6111), W. Bradford Davis, Pastor

    • Sacred Heart Catholic Church & Social Hall, Rices Landing c/o 408 Rt. 88, Carmichaels, PA 15320 (Phone: 724-592-5314), John M. Bauer, Pastor

    • Rices Landing United Methodist Church, Main Street, Rices Landing, PA 15357 (Phone: 724-592-7404), Ernie DeLuca, Pastor

  • Cemeteries:
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. Rices Landing Borough is located within Greene County, Pennsylvania, United States; its population was 443 at the 2000 census.

Informative Links:

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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