Danbury Township encompasses are area of 17.76 square miles which includes 32.75 miles of Lake Erie, Sandusky Bay and Harbor shoreline. The historic Village of Marblehead is located at the east end of the Township. The permanent population of Danbury is 4,264 with an additional 903 residing in the Village. Seasonal homes, condominiums, marina, campgrounds, cottages and recreational vehicle parks are home to a population of several thousand summer-only residents. Danbury was named for the original settlers who arrived from Danbury, Connecticut and became a township on March 6, 1840. The Village of Marblehead was incorporated in 1891.
"The Mission of the Danbury Township Board of Trustees is to provide fair and representative government for all citizens, to foster pride in the community, to ensure fiscal solvency, to preserve and protect natural and historical sites, and to operate within the parameters of the laws of the State of Ohio while making certain that the Township remains an enjoyable place to live for both permanent and seasonal residents."
Current News and Events
Current News & Events
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Zoning Office Hour Changes
Please be advised that the Zoning Office will be CLOSED Friday, September 2, 2022.
Please be advised that the Zoning Office will be CLOSED for the following Wednesday evening hours:
- August 31
- September 7, 14, & 21
- October 12
ROUNDABOUT CLOSURES AND DETOURS DURING CONSTRUCTION
9/6/22 through 11/15/22
(All information on our website regarding the new Roundabout has been provided by ODOT and will be updated with changes when we are notified by ODOT).
The start date of the SR 163 roundabout project is September 6, 2022, with a weather-permitting, projected completion date of November 15, 2022. Traffic will be maintained on SR 163 in a single bi-directional lane with temporary traffic signals. There will also be a temporary traffic signal located at N. Riedmaier in timing with the SR 163 temporary signals during construction.
Below is a summary of the construction and detours:
- The southern half of the SR 163 roundabout and Englebeck Rd. will be the construction area while traffic is maintained as described above on the northern half of SR 163. Englebeck Road will be closed at SR 163. The Englebeck Road detour is Bayshore Road or Quarry Road to Bayshore or Church Road to Bayshore.
- The northern half of the SR 163 roundabout and N. Shore Blvd. will be the construction area while traffic is maintained as described above on the southern half of SR 163. N. Shore Blvd. will be closed at SR 163. The detour will be SR 163 to Erie Beach Road.
- Access to Mutach’s and Dollar General will be maintained throughout construction.
The link below provides information, answers to frequently asked questions and a video that explains how to drive a roundabout. The first YouTube video – Roundabout Rules 1 - SINGLE LANE ROUNDABOUT is what will be constructed in Danbury Township.
Below is the Roundabout design showing 8 streetlights. The lighting will be LED. (Click here to view better)
Borrow a Life Jacket
Ida Rupp Public Library and Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library are now Life Jacket Loaner Partners with the Boat U.S. Foundation. The life jackets provided by the Boat U.S. Foundation check out for three days. A library card is not necessary to check out the life jacket. We have sizes ranging from infant to adult. Contact Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library can be reached at (419) 798-0477.
Free Covid Tests
Free, at-home Covid Tests are available at:
Ottawa County General Health Department
1856 E. Perry Street (Sutton Center off Buckeye Blvd.)
Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Ida Rupp Public Libraries
Port Clinton Branch
310 Madison Street
Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
710 W. Main Street
Marblehead, Ohio 43440
Information on HB 563 - Limiting local regulation of short-term rental property
On February 8, 2022, State of Ohio House Representatives introduced HB 563 to prohibit County, Townships and Municipal Corporations across the entire State of Ohio from regulating short-term rental properties. The language of the proposed bill and to track where it is procedurally, is available to view by clicking here.
Residents are welcome to share this information with your neighbors and friends and contact via email, letter or telephone the Ottawa County, State Representatives listed below expressing your opposition or support.
Brush Drop-Off Site Opening Date
The brush drop-off site located at 310 S. Bridge Road (SR 269 South) behind the dog park will OPEN April 1, 2022. For your safety, the brush area is not to be used after dusk. It typically closes in late November/ early December. Please check back for official date.
No Grass Clippings
No Rootballs or Stumps
No Plastic Bags (paper yard bags are okay to leave behind)
No Dumping after Dusk
This is for residents of the Township. Please only bring leaves and tree limbs. Hay bales are acceptable, but please make sure they are broken apart and take the twine string with you. Plastic and string get tied up in the machinery when it's time to mulch it.
FEMA New Flood Map Information
FEMA is preparing new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Ottawa and the surrounding Counties. Ottawa County adopted the current FIRM maps in 2015. These proposed new maps would replace the 2015 maps. FEMA anticipates that the new maps will be effective by the Winter of 2022/2023.
FEMA does have a Flood Map Change Viewer available. In the top left hand corner of the map, you can enter your address and it will zoom into the property and general area. There is a 'Geoprocessing' box that will also be on the screen. In this box, there is a white box with a black pin point tool. Click on that tool and then click on your property. Once you have done this, back in the 'Geoprocessing' box there is a 'Run' button. This will run a report which will then bring up a web link. Click on the weblink and it will then show a side-by-side, single page, printable report and summary on how the property is currently classified (Effective) and what the new proposed changes (Preliminary) are for the property.
For flood insurance questions, please contact your current agent or click here for additional resources.
For more information, please contact Ottawa County Regional Planning Commission at (419) 734-6780.
Concerns & Complaints
It is the policy of the Danbury Trustees to not accept anonymous complaints regarding tall grass, junk vehicles or other nuisance concerns. A written complaint regarding issues within 500 feet of your property will be accepted and reviewed to determine what action may be taken. In the blue band above, please go to Departments, then Zoning and the tab about "Violations" for more information and to print out a complaint form.
Now Accepting Reservations for Lake Point Park Shelter House!
The Township has began accepting reservations for Lake Point Park shelter house, but for a fee. It will continue to be open to the public daily unless otherwise posted as reserved. The cost to reserve the shelter house is $300. All reservations must be received by the first of the month of the month prior to the event (i.e. July events, reservations must be made by June 1st). Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis and the date is not officially reserved until a complete reservation form and payment has been turned in. Once a reservation has been made, the party will have the shelter house reserved for them the entire day. We do not reserve more than one event per day. Attendees are asked to clean up after themselves and wrap up all activities by dusk. Reservation forms are available under the Service & Maintenance Departments web page or at the zoning office during their office hours.
Ottawa County Sheriff's Office Mobile App
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office has launched a mobile app. It is a free app available for both Android and Apple users. Their hope is to improve communication with the public. Thru the app, users can receive notifications of snow levels, major traffic accidents or detours, missing people or other warnings of potential danger. Features on the app, include the jail roster, sex offender registry, contact information for sheriff’s divisions, submitting tips, links to other law enforcement websites and more.
Clean-Up Week/ Dumpster Days
The last 2022 Clean-up Week will be held:
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 thru
Friday, Septmber 30
9a.m. - 6p.m.
Saturday, October 1, 2022
8a.m. - 12p.m. noon
This is for residents only, not contractors.
Rules & Regulations that remain the same:
- No tires
- No brush
- No oil
- No paint
- No batteries
- No boats or vehicles
- No propane tanks
NEW Rules & Regulations:
- Employees will assist with loads up to 80 pounds. If able, you are expected to help unload your vehicle.
- No loose building materials (shingles, drywall, insulation). These items must be boxed or bagged.
- No metal scrapping - strictly prohibited.
- No commercial loads.
- Maintenance Staff has the right to refuse any load.
OSS 2022 Special Collection Schedule
Click on the image to view it as a PDF.
More information can be found at the following link to the OSS website: recycleoss.org
Danbury Township is not directly involved with this collection. Please call OSS directly for any questions: (419) 334-7222. Some fees apply for certain items.
Household Hazardous Waste:
The Household Hazardous Waste collection and the Appliance collection will fall on the same date, but registrations will need to be done separate. That is, if a resident wants to go participate in both collections they should register for both. The following items will no longer be accepted at the HHW collection: motor oil, lead acid batteries, gas cylinders, and non-regulated putties and adhesives. Used motor oil can be taken to any number of auto service stores in the area including, Wal-Mart, O’Reilly’s, and Advance Auto Part, not to mention the many local auto service stores also in the area. Similar auto service shops that sell lead acid batteries will also take the old batteries for proper disposal. Rechargeable batteries can be taken to your nearest Lowes Department store for recycling. Alkaline batteries are non-hazardous and once dead can be disposed of properly to be landfilled. Gas canisters and cylinders, including propane (accepted at the District’s appliance collections), helium, Freon, isocyanates, CO2, O, MAPP gas, acetylene, argon, etc. are not going to be accepted at the HHW collection anymore. All of the remaining gases are accepted at Environmental Recycling Group and Rader Environmental.
There will be an appliance collection on the same date as the Hazardous Waste Collection, but registration will be necessary for both collections if the resident wants to participate in both of them. For the collection, sites will be available in all three counties. Items primarily made out of steel, including air conditioners, dehumidifiers, lawn mowers, and items containing freon will be taken at no charge. Please be sure to remove any food items inside freezers and refrigerators. Items made primarily out of plastic will not be accepted – including plastic fans and vacuum cleaners.
Document Shredding & Prescription Rx Drop-off
The Danbury Township Police Department will resume accepting documents for secure shredding and and prescription drop-off services at the Police Station on SR 269. This is by appointment only to ensure an officer is present to place the items in the proper secure location. The direct number for the station is (419) 732-2549.
Recycling at Police Station
Our recycle area at 419 Bridge Road continues to be a source of frustration and concern for both Danbury Township and the Solid Waste District. We sadly found it necessary to have video surveillance due to the abuse of the area with non-recyclables (including a vacuum cleaner, table and chairs, dishwasher, mattress and numerous other trash items). It’s a great service for residents when it is used properly – and it is for residential use only. Unfortunately we have also found that a primary reason the dumpsters are overflowing so quickly is due to heavy use by businesses. This was never meant to be a service for businesses or contractors. Now it is interfering with residents being able to utilize the service. The Solid Waste District advised that if a business wishes to recycle they can make arrangements with Waste Management by calling or emailing Matthew Leis (248) 285-0330 firstname.lastname@example.org or Republic Services by calling (800) 234-3429.
We are asking that businesses voluntarily STOP using the residential recycling area. If you know of a business that does not utilize Facebook, please help make them aware of this information. We don’t want to eliminate recycling or brush drop-off but the abuse at both areas has become overwhelming for our employees. Please help us to help you keep these services and do not ever hesitate to contact the police at (419) 732-2549 to report abuse of our services.
Central Fire Station
Located at 7870 E. Harbor Road near Dollar General will be the location of a new Centralized Fire & EMS Station and Training Facility. The property consists of nearly 7 acres. More information will be updated on the Danbury Township Fire Department's Facebook Page as it becomes available. To see some preliminary and conceptual plans for the new building, please click here.
Appointed Positions Available
If you have interest in serving on the Danbury Township Zoning Commission (ZC) or Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) please submit an Appointed Position Application as well as your resume to Kathryn A. Dale the Danbury Township Zoning & Planning Administrator. She can be reached at (419) 734-6120 for more questions.
The Zoning Commission meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30p.m. and is responsible for amendments to the zoning resolution and map. The Commission is comprised of 5 regular members and 2 alternates. An appointment is for 5 years, unless fulfilling a vacated seat.
The Board of Zoning Appeals meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30p.m. and is responsible for hearing requests on Appeals, Area Variances, Conditional Uses and Special Exceptions. The Board is comprised of 5 regular members and 2 alternates. An appointment is for 5 years, unless fulfilling a vacated seat.
To be considered for either position, your permanent residence of record must be Danbury Township. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
For more information regarding Rainbow Ridge at Meadowbrook Marsh in memory of the 10 animals that perished in a barn fire Thanksgiving evening 2019 at African Safari Wildlife Park, please click on the "Community" link above in the blue band and then select the "Rainbow Ridge" button.
"No Surprise Act"
The Township is required to have this placed on our website per our insurance carrier.
The Transparency in Coverage mandate requires insurers and group health plans to make rate information publicly accessible to members and non-members starting July 2022. Medical Mutual will share rate information for Medical Mutual-contracted providers as well as historical allowed amounts and billed charges for out-of-network providers in a machine-readable file (MRF) format. The information will be posted on a dedicated MRF landing page, accessible through MedMutual.com. To be considered compliant under the mandate, the regulations specify that ASO groups must include a link on their own website that directs users to the location of the publicly available MRFs.
The No Surprises Act (NSA), signed into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), establishes federal standards to protect patients with health benefits coverage from “surprise” medical bills that may arise when receiving care from certain out-of-network providers and ancillary providers.
Board of Zoning Appeals
The Danbury Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold an adjudication hearing at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Road, Marblehead, Ohio 43440 on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the following applications:
BZA-2022-180 1200 Hartshorn. Request for Area Variances from Section 3.5 to allow for a lot split to a manufacturing use to be less than the minimum lot size requirements (1ac. min. required/ 0.639 ac. proposed). Scott Stecher, Owner/ Applicant.
BZA-2022-181 159 Springcrest. Request for an Area Variance from Section 5.2.1.A.ii to allow for more cumulative detached accessory building space than permitted (1,200 s.f. allowed/ 1,297s.f. proposed). James Petty, Owner/ Applicant.
BZA-2022-185 5216 E. Harbor Road. Request for a Conditional Use for a Resort in accordance with Section 3.5 & 4.16. Also requesting an Area Variance from Section 4.16.4 to allow for less open space than required (25% or 1.33 ac. required/21.5% or 1.14ac. proposed). NN Ennterprises – Kenn Bower, Owner/ Applicant.
BZA-2022-186 142 Hidden Beach. Request for an Area Variance from Section 5.2.1.C.ii to allow for a detached accessory structure to encroach into the north, side-yard setback (0' proposed/5' required) and to be less than 5’ from the principal structure (4’ proposed). Albert Troyer, Owner/ Applicant; Lauri Paniccia, Agent/Daughter.
BZA-2022-188 1915 Nan. Request for an Area Variance from Section 5.1.7 to allow for an addition to encroach into the north, front-yard setback (15'3" proposed/ 20' required) and to Section 7.12.3.A to allow more square footage than permitted to be added onto a nonconforming structure (20%; 515.20s.f. allowed/ 37%; 954s.f. proposed). Lewis Todd Fitzpatrick, Owner/ Applicant; Scott Kerik, Architect, Agent.
BZA-2022-189 820 E. Second Street. Request for an Area Variance from Section 3.5 to allow multiple additions onto the house which will exceed the 55% maximum lot coverage (57.2% proposed) and to Section 5.10.1.B. to eliminate the one (1) on-site parking space required when 50% or more of the structure is enlarged, rebuilt or structurally altered. Marilyn Roddy, Owner/ Applicant; Scott Kerik, Architect, Agent.
Parties wishing to give testimony may appear in person or by attorney. Said hearing(s) may be continued from time to time as necessary. A copy of the aforementioned application may be viewed at the office of the Zoning Inspector at Danbury Township Zoning Department during normal business hours or by clicking on the case information above.
None at this time.
Board of Trustees
None at this time.
Fire: Chief Keith Kahler
Station 1 - Headquarters
9551 E. Harbor Road
Marblehead, OH 43440
Phone: (419) 798-5219
Fax: (419) 798-9122
150 S. Bridge Road
Marblehead, OH 43440
Phone: (419) 734-9700
Police: Chief Michael Meisler
419 S. Bridge Road
Marblehead, Ohio 43440
Phone: (419) 732-2549
Fax: (419) 732-1516
Hours: 24 hours. If an officer
does not answer, you may leave
a message for a non-emergency
situation. Non-emergency calls
may also be placed at the Ottawa
County Sheriff’s Office
Email: email@example.com or
Emergency calls: please dial 911
Zoning & Planning Administrator
Kathryn A. Dale, AICP