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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


We hope you enjoy our website and find new information that has never been posted before. Please be patient with us as we continue to add new information!

Public Records Request Form
Township Trustee Meeting Summaries
2018 Focus on Danbury Twp. - Year End Review
Spring Newsletter - COMING SOON!

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.

News from the Leaf Brush Drop-off Site

The leaf drop-off site behind the dog park by the cell tower at 310 S. Bridge Road is scheduled to open for the season on April 1, 2019. If the weather stays nice before then, the gates may reopen sooner.  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 will be forthcoming on mulch assistance. 

Sackett Cemetery Clean-Up

Please be advised that April 1, 2019  clean-up at Sackett Cemetery will begin. Any personal memento's that you do not want disposed of must be picked up  before then. Questions or concerns, feel free to contact Brett Waldron, Cemetery Sexton at (419) 734-4091. 

Upcoming Zoning Office Hour Changes

Please be advised that the Zoning Office will be CLOSED:

Wednesday, April 24 - Friday, April 26

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The Township Hall and Administrative office should be open and available during these days from 9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. If you need the Zoning Administrator specifically on these days, please leave a voice mail message (419.734.6120) or email and Ms. Dale will get back to you as soon as she returns. 

6th Annual Dog Show

The 6th Annual Dog Show will take place Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Danbury Township's "Bark 'Til Dark" dog park located at 310 S. Bridge Road (SR 269). Registration is $10.00 and is from 1:00p.m- 1:45p.m. The judging starts promptly at 2:00p.m.

Please click here for the flyer with more information about categories, celebrity judges and rules.

2019 Clean-Up Dates

Thanks to the Danbury residents and voters, Clean-Up Weeks are back! There will be new rules for the operation of the event, which will be posted here and in the Township Spring newsletter once those are approved. 

The 2019 Clean-up Weeks will be held:

          April 22-26
          July 15-19
          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

Please check back as more information will follow. 

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

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.

State/ Bayshore/ Port Clinton Eastern  Intersection Improvements

The intersection at State/Bayshore & Port Clinton Eastern Road is now open. Below is the new traffic pattern. Please drive a little more slowly through this intersection until we are all familiar with it. 

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.

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. 

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.

Dog Park Winterized

Please be advised that Bark til Dark Dog Park on S. Bridge Road has been winterized for the season. The water at the park has been shut off and the pumps will not work. Please refrain from trying to pump the wells, for in the past some of the mechanics inside have broke as a result. The water will be turned back on in the spring once temperatures remain above freezing. The park is open year-round to residents and their four legged friends, but please plan on bringing water during the winter months.

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 

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. Please go to Departments, then Zoning for more information and the form to file.

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.

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, March 20, 2019 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the following applications:

BZA-2019-022      194 Strause Lane. Request for a Conditional Use in accordance with Section 3.1.2.C.iii and Section 4.5 to allow for a Bed & Breakfast. Also a request for a Variance to Section 4.5.1 that the use must be owner-occupied. Lynne Hamer, Owner/Applicant; Gregory Johnson/ Agent.

BZA-2019-025      6721 E. Harbor Road (Snug Harbor). Request for a Conditional Use in accordance with 3.1.10.C.v. for a 12 unit Resort. Area Variances requested to Sec. 4.4.1. to encroach into the west, side-yard setback (45' required/ 10' proposed) and south, front-yard setback (55' required/25' proposed), Sec. 4.4.4. to allow a reduction in open space (1.10ac. required), Sec. 4.4.5 to allow the Resort designation on less than 5 acres (4.40ac. proposed) and Sec. 4.4.7. to reduce the separation requirement between units (20’ required/10’ proposed). Safe Harbor Marina, Mark & Kenny Montgomery, Owner/Applicant.

BZA-2019-027      618 Central. Request for an Area Variance to Section 7.9.3.A to allow more than a 20% addition onto a nonconforming structure (217s.f. allowed/ 920s.f.; 84.8% proposed) and to Section 3.1.5.D to allow the addition to be located 2.1’ from the north, side property line were 3’ is required. Darrell Waite, Owner/Applicant. 03.12.18 - Application withdrawn by Applicant

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 clicking on the case information above.

Zoning Commission

The Danbury Township Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Rd., Marblehead, Ohio for the following application:

ZC-2019-029 1530 S. Danbury Road (SR 269). Request for a Map Amendment from “A” Agricultural to “R-C” Recreational Commercial for PIN# 0141914126079001 (Sec. 4, west half Lot 19 Firelands Survey) consisting of 10.882 total acres. North Coast Zoological, LLC, Owner/Applicant; Michael Prosser, Agent.

ZC-2019-030  5677 E. Bayshore Road. Request for a Map Amendment from “A” Agricultural to “R-3” High Density Residential for PIN# 0141160415534004 (Sec. 4, Lot 20 Firelands Survey) consisting of 7.539 total acres. Daniel Jadwisiak, Owner/Applicant.

A copy of the application may be viewed at the office of the Zoning Inspector at Danbury Township Hall during normal business hours. The amendment may also be viewed at the Ottawa Regional Planning Commission office at the Ottawa County Courthouse or by clicking on the case information above. At the conclusion of said hearing and upon a decision made, the amendment will be submitted to the Danbury Township Board of Trustees for action.

** Case information will be posted 03.20.19 once Staff Reports are prepared & OCRPC recommendation is made.

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

Cheryl Harmsen - Administrative Assistant
Hours:  M-F 9:00am - 1:00pm


Trustee John Paul Dress:
(419) 341-0404

Trustee David Hirt: 
(419) 732-2703

Trustee Dianne Rozak: 
(419) 340-9359

Fiscal Officer - Carolyn Adams: 

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