New Trash/Recycling Hauler for 2017

There is NO delay for trash/recycling services for the week of January 16th due to Martin Luther King holiday today.

Beginning January 2, 2017, West Donegal Township will have a new hauler, Waste Management, who has contracted for a 2-day pick up for trash/recycling services. For some residents your pick up day will remain Tuesday. For others your pick up day will be Wednesday. Click here for a map detailing the split in the Township. Below is a description further identifying the split areas.

-  Tuesday - North side of Bainbridge Road (including Masonic Village, Timber Villa, Turnpike Road, Newville Road, and North Market Street areas, etc.)

-   Wednesday - South side of Bainbridge Road (including area surrounding the Township Building, Maytown Road, and Rheems area, etc.)

-  Also Christmas Tree pick up will be January 10 and January 11, respectively. Please place your trees curbside and be sure they are free of all decorations. Do NOT place them in a plastic bag.

Waste Management will be using a dual-hopper truck which means that one truck will collect both recycling and trash as one hopper is to load recycling and the hopper is for the trash. Below are photos of this type of truck.

If you have any questions, please call the Township at 717.367.7178.

2017 Budget

On December 12, 2016, the West Donegal Township Board of Supervisors voted to approve the 2017 General Fund, Capital Fund, and Small Fund Budgets. The 2017 Budget does not include a tax increase as well as no increase in trash/recycling services/costs. Should you wish to view the budget, you may do so by clicking here.

Board of Supervisors' Meeting

The next Board of Supervisors' meeting is the regular meetings scheduled on Monday, February 13 at 7:00 pm.  (January workshop is cancelled) All meetings and workshops are open to the public and we encourage all interested parties to attend.

Township Times

The Township will be publishing two editions of the newsletter per year - spring/summer & fall/winter.  Click here to download the fall/winter edition. The newsletter is one tool we use to update/inform the residents of what is happening in the Township. If you or someone you knows did not receive one in the mail, please contact Wendy at the Township office.

August 2 - National Night Out

A time for community to join together to Support the Blue, the 5th National Night Out hosted by NW Regional Police and held here at the Township building was a huge success with possibly the largest crowd ever. The NW Regional Police Department was joined by the fire companies, Northwest EMS, Southern Regional K-9 unit, pony rides by Ironstone Ranch, bounce house, face painting, balloons by the Balunguy, Triple J Reptile Rescue, along with music by Dynamic Rockers, and food by the St. Peter's Men's Club, Harvey's BBQ,  those famous Grange milkshakes, and many other vendors. We were also visited by more than 20 Star Wars characters. We raffled off 4 bicycles and 2 - $25 gift certificates from Harvey's BBQ, and a bike helmet raffled off by local chapter Pilot Club of Lancaster (Pilot International). The fireworks display was again a phenomenal way to close out the event. We would like to thank all guests, vendors, volunteers and police, fire and rescue personnel for coming together to make it another very exciting time. If you weren't able to attend this year we hope to see you in 2017!

EAWA's Rain Barrel Sale

For a limited time, EAWA is offering rain barrels. This is a great way to recycle water from your downspouts. We can use it to water our gardens! If you are interested, please go to EAWA's website or click here for additional information on the rain barrel sale, important dates and meeting dates for EAWA.

Newville Road Bridge is Opened!!

Can you believe it?!! After 20+ years the Newville Road Bridge is OPEN!! Below is a slide show with photos of the new bridge and the ribbon-cutting ceremony. We'd like to thank everyone who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, December 7.

NEW! From Etown Fire Department

The Elizabethtown Fire Department is now offering the reflective address signs commonly seen around the area. These signs dramatically increase police, fire, and EMS in locating your address in times of emergency. These signs are available for all communities in the Elizabethtown, Mount Joy and surrounding areas.

The signs are available in blue or green and can be mounted vertically or horizontally. Signs are $20.00 each.

To learn more about the Elizabethtown Fire Department and in particular how to order these signs, click here to visit their website. Or you can email them at and an order sheet will be sent to you. You may also come into the Township building as we have forms available here.

On-Lot Septic Disposal Mandatory Pumping

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued a 3-year mandatory septic pumping requirement for all residents within West Donegal Township that have an on-lot disposal septic system. If your property has an on-lot septic system, sand mound or holding tank, we ask that you check out the guidelines of this new program by going to the Zoning  & Planning tab found at the top of this page.

Welcome to West Donegal Township

Settled in 1719 and incorporated in 1838 ,West Donegal Township is named after County Donegal in Ireland. Located west and south of Elizabethtown, in Lancaster County, West Donegal Township comprises an area of 15.6 square miles in land size.

Governed by a five member Board of Supervisors the 2010 census indicates the Township has 8260 residents. The Township is part of the Elizabethtown Area School District with the Rheems Elementary School located in the Township.

Located within the Township is the Village of Rheems and the 1400 acre campus of Masonic Village. Masonic Village with a population of 1700 residents provides retirement homes and other health care facilities as well as recreation opportunities for the community.

A variety of housing types and areas are available to prospective residents. They range from agricultural, in the many farmsteads, to single and duplex units, apartments and condominiums. One unique residential opportunity, and first open space development in the Township, has preliminary approval and the first phase developed. The residential development with varied residential units will provide concentrated residential homes on smaller lots with a park and open space to be enjoyed by the residents. A trail system in the open space areas will connect to a future trail system providing access to trails at Masonic Village and into Elizabethtown. Wildlife view areas will be provided along the trail system for the enjoyment of the residents.

The northwest corner of the Township provides the area of the Conewago Industrial Park. This industrial park, developed over the last 25 – 30 years, is the home of a variety of businesses including American Air Filter, Dupont – Pioneer, Crowe Transportation, Penn Tank Truck Wash, Walker Sales, Western Power Sports, Seedway, Tarantin, DAS, Angleboard, ModSpace, and the latest Nordstrom. Additional areas of the Conewago Industrial Park are yet to be developed and available.

A number of other businesses are found throughout the Township providing services and employment to residents of the Township and individuals from the region. The wide range of businesses and housing provides a varied opportunity allowing residents to live, work and play within the Township.

Located between Harrisburg and Lancaster, West Donegal Township provides residents employment and recreation opportunities with additional amenities in the larger cities.

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