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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 - March and April
2019 Focus on Danbury Twp. - Year End Review
Spring Newsletter - NEW, Please Read!

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.

Recycling at Police Station

Due to unprecedented abuse at the recycling area next to the police station the Danbury Trustees have found it necessary to put the area under video surveillance. The brush drop-off area is also included in video surveillance. Anyone found to be dropping off trash will be fined by the Danbury Police.

COVID-19 Updates

In the blue band above, please click on "Community". There is a tab dedicated to sharing all the announcements the Township officials are receiving in regards to Coronavirus Covid-19. 

Danbury Township COVID-19 Update

The Danbury Township Hall will remain closed to public access for the month of June. This will be reevaluated by the Board of Trustees at their June 10, 2020 meeting for the month of July. 

Dumpster & Clean-up Week will be announced soon. The Trustees are working on arrangements for one yet this year. 

Please click here to view a PDF of this letter.       

Smart Meter Installation Coming Soon

Ohio Edison/FirstEnergy has started the process of implementing smart meters throughout Ohio starting this year.  This exchange process will start in Danbury Township starting July 6, 2020. All residences or commercial property owners who will receive a smart meter should receive a letter (click here to view) prior to any installation. Not all residents and businesses will receive one, but most will. Installers are taking every safety precaution during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Meter services or authorized contractors will contact the customer by phone and will not interact face to face.  Also, no smart meters will be installed inside any residence or commercial property.  

Revised Spring Newsletter

Please click here to view a PDF of the Spring Newsletter.

Census 2020

Everyone should be receiving a letter asking you to complete your Census survey online, by phone or mail. To complete online, click on the following link:

The US Census Bureau must complete the count by the end of July so that there is enough time to process the data by December 31, 2020. This data will determine how federal tax dollars for community services will be distributed over the next ten years. Although our thoughts are elsewhere during this health crisis, it is vitally important to continue to encourage our community members to complete the questionnaire online, by phone or by mail.

Check your community's response in the link below.  There you'll find direct links to the current census response rate for your community thru an interactive map Use the tools on the right side to find your community's rate. An instructional video on the page is available for assistance. 

Brush Drop-Off Open

The brush drop-off located at 310 S. Bridge Road (SR 269 South) behind the dog park is now open! For your safety, the brush area is not to be used after dusk. 

Rule Reminders:
No Grass Clippings
No Rootballs or Stumps
No Plastic Bags (paper yard bags are okay to leave behind)
No Contractors
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.  

Check back for mulch distribution/assistance dates. For the time being due to COVID-19 this service is not being provided. They are typically held on Monday mornings and some Saturdays. When dates are established, we will post here on the Township website.

Rainbow Ridge

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. You can also click on the photo below to see a printable flyer. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. For more information, please contact Ottawa County Regional Planning Commission at (419) 734-6780. Information can also be found at 

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. 

Hearing Notices

Hearing Notices

Board of Zoning Appeals

All documents submitted for each case will be posted here once the staff report is complete - please check back!


The Danbury Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold adjudication hearings on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 beginning at 5:00 p.m. on the following applications (Please continue to read below):

BZA-2020-083         201 Elizabeth.
Request for an Area Variance to Section 5.2.C to allow for a detached garage to be 2’ from the principal structure where 5’ is required. William Beatty & Christine Costello, Owners/Applicants; Pete Johnson, Agent.

BZA-2020-088         660 Walnut.
Request for an Area Variance to Section 5.5.8 to allow for a 6’ high fence to be 100% opaque where 66% opacity is required. Carol Raber, Owner/Applicant.

BZA-2020-082         602 E. 2nd Street.
Request for an Area Variance to Section 3.5 to allow for a second story & covered porch addition to encroach into the west, front-yard setback (4’ proposed/ 5’ required) and to Section 7.12.3.A. to allow more square footage than permitted onto a nonconforming structure (289.2s.f. [20%] permitted/ 408s.f. [28%] proposed). Roger & Patti Gilcrest; PNGilcrest LTD, Owners/Applicant; John Feick, Agent.

BZA-2020-089          602 Lakefront.
Request to for an Area Variance to Section 3.5 to allow for a storage addition to encroach into the east, side-yard setback (2’ proposed/ 3’ required) and to exceed the allowable lot coverage (59.8% proposed/ 55% required). Also requesting a variance from Section 7.12.3.C. to allow for more than 75% of the floor area contained in the nonconforming structure to be demolished, removed or structurally altered. William Williams, Owner/Applicant; John Feick, Agent.


The Danbury Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold adjudication hearings on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 beginning at 6:30p.m. p.m. on the following applications:

BZA-2020-090         1696 Jeannie Drive. Request for an Appeal of the Zoning Inspectors Decision in reference to Section 7.2.4 regarding the refusal of a bridge/deck permit (Permit# 2020-020). John & Dawn Henderson, Owner/Applicant; Michael Bassett, Esq., Agent.

Due to Covid-19 and per the State of Ohio public meeting guidelines, this hearing will take place thru the video conferencing platform, Zoom. This can be loaded onto a computer, smartphone or iPad. Sign-up for a free account if you don't already have one and follow the prompts. Once you have this complete, please email to verify your interest in the application and receive the meeting invite link. Check your spam or junk mail in case it ends up in there. The link will also be posted here, but closer to the date of the meeting to prevent any hacking. 

If you do not have electronic resources to participate in the meeting, a copy of the application may be viewed by clicking on the case information above. While we typically do not accept written statements unless they are made in person at the hearing, for this hearing due to the circumstances, we will accept your comments via handwritten letter or email to share your support or opposition of the request with the Board during the hearing. Letters can be sent to the Township Hall located at:

Danbury Township Zoning Deptartment 
5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Road
  Marblehead, Ohio 43440

Please call (419) 734-6120 or email if you have any questions.

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