Newville Road Bridge is Almost Completed!!

Yes, it's true! After 20+ years construction of the Newville Road Bridge is almost completed. Below is a slide show with photos of the work completed as of the November 5, 2015. We invite everyone to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, December 7 at 3 p.m. More details to follow.

Board of Supervisors' Meeting

The next Board of Supervisors' regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 21 at 7:00 pm. (Note the date has been rescheduled from December 14). The workshop for November has been cancelled. All meetings and workshops are open to the public and we encourage all interested parties to attend.

National Night Out a Success!!

Hosted by NW Regional Police and held here at the Township building, the 4th annual National Night Out was held on Tuesday, August 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm. We would like to thank all those that participated. The NW Regional Police Department were joined by the fire companies, EMS, Red Rose Search & Rescue Bloodhounds, Southcentral K-9 unit,, Mounted PA State Troopers, pony rides by Ironstone Ranch, bounce house, face painting, balloons by the Balunguy, the reptile rescue along with music by Dynamic Rockers, and food by the St. Peter's Men's Club, and those famous Grange milkshakes. Life Lion made an appearance and we were visited by those awesome Star Wars characters. We raffled off 4 bicycles. And the fireworks display was phenomenal.

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.

PPL Utilities Work to Affect Traffic in Etown

PPL Electric Utilities will begin work later in July to improve electric services for customers in the Elizabethtown area.

The project includes installing new, stronger utility poles and wire along Poplar and Summit Streets, Zeager Road, and a section of Market Street/Route 230. This will help prevent power outages in storms and meet the growing demand for electricity in the area.

Work is scheduled to being the last week of July on Poplar Street near Union Street. The project will move along Poplar Street onto Summit Street and then North onto Market Street/Route 230. Similar work for the same project will begin along Zeager Road on July 27.

Initial work to replace utility poles will be conducted over a 4- to 5-week period. The same work path will be followed a second time to install new wire for an additional 4 to 5 weeks. Workers will also be installing new equipment in the substation on West Bainbridge Street. The overall project is scheduled to be completed in late October.

The work is being planned to minimize as much as possible any inconvenience during construction. Please be cautious when driving down these roads and crossing the street.

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.

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.

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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