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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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Public Records Request Form
Township Trustee Meeting Summaries
2018 Focus on Danbury Twp. - Year End Review
Summer Newsletter

We'll be using this section to post the most current information we need to communicate in a timely manner. As always, if you need to reach any of us just refer to the Contact Information.

2019 Clean-Up Dates

Thanks to the Danbury residents and voters, Clean-Up Weeks are back! There are new rules for the operation of the event (See below).The Last 2019 Clean-up Week will be held:

          October 21-25

The clean-up runs Monday through Friday during daylight hours. Township personnel will be available to provide unloading assistance from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Clean-up ends promptly at 11 a.m. on Friday. 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. 

For 2019 Countywide Recycling Events, please click here. Additional information can also be found at

Request for Qualifications

Danbury Township, Ottawa County, Ohio intends to contract for Architectural/Engineering services in connection with the Danbury Township Fire Department New Main Fire Station. Firms interested In being considered for a contract to provide the required services should reply with a statement of qualifications no later than 12:00p.m. noon on October 7, 2019. Statements received after this deadline will not be considered.

Statement of qualifications should include information regarding the firm's history, education and experience of owners and key personnel who will be assigned to this project; the firm's designated Lead Architect's experience In performing architectural schematic design, design development, construction documents, and construction administration and observation; availability of staff; the firm's equipment and facilities, and references.

Statements of qualifications should be submitted to:
     Chief Keith Kahler
     9551 E. Harbor Road
     Marblehead, Ohio 43440

As required by the Ohio Revised Code Section 153.65-73, responding firms will be evaluated and ranked in order of their qualifications. Following this evaluation, the Danbury Township Trustees will enter into contract negotiations with the most highly qualified firm.

The preliminary project description is as follows:
New Main Fire Station for Danbury Township Fire Department located in Danbury Township, Ohio.  The new station will be approximately 20,000 - 25,000 SF in size and incorporate all the basic functions of a Main Headquarters Fire Station. The total project budget for the project is approximately six million dollars ($6,000,000). This includes all soft costs, architectural/engineering fees, and furnishings and fixtures.

The source of funding for the project is a Levy, financing, and or a combination of both.
The anticipated dates for design startup/completion are September 2019/January 2020.
The anticipated dates for construction startup/completion are to-be determined (TBD).
Posted: 09/16/2019

Police Department Burglary Prevention Tips

For those who are leaving the Danbury Township Peninsula either for a short vacation or for the entire winter season, the Police Department would like to offer a few tips to help make sure your residence is secure while you're away. As always, your neighborhoods will be patrolled and we're looking forward to your return. Have a safe Fall & Winter! Click here to view the flyer.

Swearing-In of New Officer

On August 12, 2019, Danbury township welcomed new Patrolman Brayden Schrader at his swearing-in ceremony. Brady will replace Patrolman Charlie Cunningham who will be leaving us in September to move out of state. Brady’s dad Chuck, his grandfather Ken and grandmother Patricia were in attendance for the swearing in ceremony. A big welcome to Brady!

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.

ODOT Roundabout

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is planning to install a roundabout in fall of 2021 at the intersection of N. Shore Blvd., Englebeck Rd. and State Route 163.

The Danbury Township Trustees, Police Chief Michael Meisler, Fire Chief Keith Kahler and Road Superintendent Brett Waldron oppose this project. On June 12, 2019 the Trustees passed Resolution #09-2019 in opposition to the project and sent it to the individuals below. If you wish to express your opinion on this project please contact these people. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to any of your Trustees. Our contact information is on this website under “Elected Officials”.

State Senator Theresa Gavarone:
Contact form:  

State Representative Steve Arndt:
Contact form:

Jack Marchbanks, Director of ODOT:
Mailing address:
Mr. Jack Marchbanks, Director
Ohio Department of Transportation
1980 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43223

Governor Mike DeWine:
Mailing address:
Governor Mike DeWine
77 South High Street
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur:
Contact form:

Michael Stormer, ODOT District 2:

Stacy Schimmoeller,
ODOT District 2 Environmental Coordinator

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 bases 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. Attendee's 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. 

Mulch & Leaf Brush Drop-off Site

The leaf drop-off site behind the dog park by the cell tower at 310 S. Bridge Road is now open for the season. Please remember:

  • No stumps or root balls, (we are only able to process limbs and branches).
  • No grass clippings or lumber.
  • You must use Biodegradable bags or bring loose leaves. Please do not leave any other type of leaf bags.
  • Contractor's are not permitted to use this service.

Dates for mulch assistance is as follows while supplies last:
Mondays from 8:00a.m.-9:00a.m. EXCEPT not on:
                        10/14 & 10/21

The site typically closes in early November. Exact date will be determined based on weather conditions and posted here. 

50th Anniversary of Danbury Township Police Department

In 2019, the Danbury Township Police Department will celebrate 50 years of dedicated service to our community. Each member of the department was issued a 50th Anniversary badge to wear proudly on their uniform. The members of our department are committed to making sure that Danbury Township continues to be a safe place to live and enjoy.

Meet the New K-9!

During the regular meeting on March 27, 2019 the Danbury Trustees were introduced to Kalahan, the township’s new K-9. Pictured left to right: Sgt. Charlie Cunningham, K-9 Officer Brian Sloan and Police Chief Mike Meisler. Charlie and Mike presented Brian with a canvas print of Brian and Kalahan’s first day on the job. Congratulations to the Danbury Township Police Department!

Ottawa County Sheriff's Office New Mobile App

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office has launched a new 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.

Ottawa County Emergency Alerts WENS system

We encourage you to sign up to the Ottawa County Emergency Alerts WENS system. In the event of an emergency or severe weather condition, a text message will be sent to the mobile number and/or your email address that you specify. This is a free service provided by Ottawa County, Ohio.
To receive alerts, please click here to sign-up.

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. To be considered for the position, your permanent residence of record must be Danbury Township. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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.

FEMA Great Lakes Coastal Study & New Flood Map Information

FEMA is preparing new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Ottawa and the surrounding Counties. While Ottawa County recently adopted maps in 2015, these proposed new maps would replace the 2015 maps. FEMA anticipates that these new maps will be ready for adoption by 2018-2019. For more information, please contact Ottawa County Regional Planning Commission at (419) 734-6780. Information can also be found at 

Hearing Notices

Hearing Notices

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, September 18, 2019 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the following application:                   

BZA-2019-154                       351 Elm Avenue. Request for an Area Variance from Section 3.1.5.D to allow for a second floor addition to encroach into the south, front-yard setback (5’ required/ 3.5’ proposed). Elizabeth, Owner/Applicant; Feick Design Group, Agent.

BZA-2019-156                        2497 Sundown. Request for a Conditional Use in accordance with Section 3.1.10.C.iii. to allow for a two-family residence with Area Variances from Section 4.3.2.A minimum lot area (1 ac. required/ 12,767 s.f. proposed), Section 4.3.2.D front-yard setback (35’ required/25’ proposed) and Section 4.3.2.H open space (1,268s.f. required/ 0s.f. proposed),  Kenneth Hartman, Agent/ Takedown Investments, LLC, Owners.

BZA-2019-157                        10181 E. Bayshore Road. Request for an Area Variance from Section 5.1.1.A.ii and Section 5.1.1.C.i to allow for a 60' x 80' (4,800s.f.) detached pole barn to exceed the 1,200s.f. limitation and the maximum building height (20' required/26' proposed). Edgar & Vicky Trent, Owners/Applicants. 

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 applications may be viewed at the office of the Zoning Inspector at Danbury Township Zoning Department during normal business hours or by clinking on the case information above. 

 Packets are loaded at a low density resolution. If you would like a better resolution, please email

Zoning Commission

None at this time. 

Board of Trustees

None at this time.  


Contact Information

Danbury Township Hall
5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Rd.
Marblehead, OH 43440
Phone: (419) 732-3039
Fax:     (419) 734-3137
Hours for the Trustees & Fiscal Officer are by appointment.


Trustee John Paul Dress:
(419) 341-0404

Trustee David Hirt: 
(419) 732-2703

Trustee Dianne Rozak: 
(419) 340-9359

Fiscal Officer - Carolyn Adams: 
(419) 732-3039

Administrative Assistant to Trustees & Fiscal Officer
Susan Dress
(419) 732-3039

Fire:   Chief Keith Kahler
Station 1 - Headquarters
9551 E. Harbor Road
Marblehead, OH 43440
Phone: (419) 798-5219
Fax:      (419) 798-9122

Station 2 

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
(419) 734-4404.
Email: or
Emergency calls: please dial 911

Maintenance Garage:
Road Supervisor, Brett Waldron
Phone: (419) 734-4091
Fax:      (419) 734-3137
Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday thru Friday

Zoning & Planning Administrator
Kathryn A. Dale, AICP
Phone: (419) 734-6120
Fax:      (419) 734-3137
Hours:  M, T, TH, F: 9:00a to 3:00p
W.: 9:00-11:00a & 4:00p-6:30p