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 between Harrisburg and Lancaster, West Donegal Township provides residents employment and recreation opportunities with additional amenities in the larger cities. For more information about the Township click here.

WEST RIDGE ROAD CLOSURES

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT LANE RESTRICTIONS: 

West Donegal Township will be hosting the National Night Out celebration again this year. The celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7th from 6:00-9:00 pm, rain or shine. As a result, West Ridge Road will be restricted to a single lane with flaggers and alternating traffic flow from Maytown Road to Valerie Drive. This is required to facilitate the overflow parking and shuttle bus system which utilizes the Waste Management property in the 300 block of West Ridge Road. If you are not planning on attending National Night Out and your travels take you through this area, please consider finding an alternate route.

WEST RIDGE ROAD:

NOTICE!!! IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE IGNORING THE ROAD CLOSED SIGNS ON WEST RIDGE. THE ROAD IS NOW CUT AND THE OLD CULVERT IS BEING REMOVED. YOU PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU IGNORE THESE SIGNS. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS. 

West Ridge Road will be closed from Hillcrest Lane to Southwoods Drive from August 6th through August 17th for a road-crossing drainage culvert replacement which is part of the ongoing Stoneybrook Development project. This work is being performed by the developer in preparation for road widening at the new entrance to Stoneybrook. Local residents will still be able to access their properties. Through traffic will detour (click here for a map) via Miller Road, Bainbridge Road and Rutts Road.

Many thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation as we work to improve and maintain the township’s roadways.

NEW Recycling Guidelines - The Big 4

LCSWMA has officially rolled out the " Big 4" (click here to refer to a recent newspaper article) to read about the reasons for the major changes for the recycling industry and how they will impact us. In accordance with this newspaper article, we ask that you click here for the hand out provided by LCSWMA. This is VERY important and the changes should be implemented immediately. We anticipate it will be a work in progress until everyone gets on board.

Contamination in the Recycling Bin

In addition to the changes to what can be recycled, there are some items such as plastic bags that are not recyclable and should not be placed in the recycling bins. LCSWMA has asked the local haulers to begin checking the curbside recyclables to eliminate contamination of non-recyclable items in the bins. Note that contamination in the bin is NOT the same as those items that are no longer recyclable. Contamination is items that are NOT recyclable and should have been placed in the trash from the beginning. With that request, Waste Management has developed a "Contamination Notice" (click here to see a sample). Should you find one of these notices in your recycling bin, please read what it says and don't take it personally as our objective is to educate everyone on what should and should not be placed in a recycling bin.

New Township Alert System

West Donegal Township is implementing a cellular, text-based alert system for residents of the township. This system is similar to what the Elizabethtown Area School District and other organizations and municipalities use to inform residents, in a timely manner, regarding late breaking and emergency information.

If you are interested in joining this system, please text “YES” to (208) 252-4718 from your cellular device.

Additional message and data rates may apply. West Donegal Township is not liable for any additional charges you may incur from your cellular service provider for messages received from this system.

Road Work

Starting the evening of Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Pennsy Supply will begin milling and paving SR 743. SR 743 will be detoured during milling and paving operations beginning at 7:00 pm until 6:00 am. The detour from Elizabethtown will include the following roads: SR 230 to Anchor Road/Harrisburg Avenue to Colebrook Road to Anderson Ferry Road to SR 441. From Marietta the detour will follow the same roads stated in reverse order. Pennsy has estimated paving will be completed the end of July; however, that is dependent on weather conditions, so stay turned for updates.

Update - Yard Waste

Please note a revision from what is published in the newsletter and from what has been done the past few years.

For this year, there will be charge of $1.00 for a pack of 5 Kraft yard waste bags. Those of you who have a few bags leftover from last year may use them. Beginning the week of March 19th, residents who come into the Township office for the Kraft bags will be required to purchase them.Yard waste/woody waste pick up will begin April 10 & 11 (depending on which day your trash/recycling is picked up) and all bags & bundled woody waste should be placed curbside with your trash & recycling. Yard waste/woody waste pick up is every two weeks. Check the calendar on the website for the pick up dates.

We do remind everyone that grass clippings are NOT yard waste and to mulch all that you can and leave it on the ground.

Thank you for your cooperation. As costs associated with trash/recycling continue to increase, we continue to try to keep costs to a minimum while recycling all we can.