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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.

MISSION STATEMENT

"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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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
2020 Focus on Danbury Twp. - Year End Review
Spring 2021 Newsletter - NEW

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.

Dumpster Days

The 2021 Clean-up Weeks will be held:

June 22-26
September 28-October 2

This is for residents only, not contractors.

Hours:   9a.m. to 6p.m. Tuesday - Friday
               6a.m. to 12 noon Saturday

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 & Cyclone Services Staff will assist with loads up to 80 pounds. You are expected to help unload your vehicle if physically able.
  • 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 2021 Countywide Recycling Events, please click here. Additional information can also be found at recycleoss.org/danbury

Brush Drop-Off Site Open!

The brush drop-off site is now open and is located at 310 S. Bridge Road (SR 269 South) behind the dog park. For your safety, the brush area is not to be used after dusk. Until the end of May we will accept loose leaves or leaves in biodegradable bags.

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.  

FEMA New Flood Map Open House

FEMA is holding a Flood Risk Information Open House for all of Ottawa County via Zoom on April 22, 2021 from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

The public is invited to review preliminary floodplain maps and learn about flood risk in their community.

CHICAGO—Representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will host an online Flood Risk Information Open House on Thursday, April 22, 2021, from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The event will be presented using the Zoom teleconferencing service and will provide residents an opportunity to review a recently completed preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).

The FIS and the FIRMs provide base flood information, delineate areas subject to significant flood hazards within the county, and offer information public officials may use when permitting development in the floodplain. The revised Preliminary FIRMs and FIS were distributed to the affected communities in Ottawa County on December 8, 2020. (Available to view below in next "Current News" item)

The Open House will be staffed with representatives from various local, state, and federal agencies who will provide information about flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain development regulations, and the floodplain mapping process. The preliminary floodplain maps will be available to review online during the Zoom conference and through FEMA websites. Once the maps become effective, they will be used by floodplain permit officials, builders and developers, lenders, realtors, insurance agents, and the general public to determine flood risk, develop mitigation measures, and encourage wise and responsible risk management decision-making. Meeting information follows:

Ottawa County, Ohio Flood Risk Information Open House
Thursday, April 22, 2021
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Visit www.zoom.com and enter the following meeting ID and passcode. This requires registering for a free Zoom account.

Meeting ID: 978 7514 3002
Passcode: Ottawa

You may also call into the meeting using one of the following telephone numbers and entering the meeting ID and passcode shown above. Long-distance charges may apply.

(301) 715-8592
(312) 626-6799
(646) 876-9923

FEMA leads the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation to reduce the loss of life and property and support a culture of readiness for all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other major incidents. For more information, contact the FEMA Region 5 News Desk at FEMA-R5-news-desk@fema.dhs.gov or (312) 408-4455.

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. An Open House is scheduled via Zoom on April 22, 2021 from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

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. 

The full Preliminary Panels that cover Danbury Township area are available below to view:
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Panel 0155D              Panel 0186D
Panel 0160D              Panel 0188D
Panel 0165D              Panel 0305D
Panel 0170D

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. 

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

Home Energy Assistance Program

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded grant program administered by Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) through a network of energy assistance providers. HEAP provides customers help with paying winter heating bills. There are household income requirements for this program which are listed below. Visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov to apply. 

When you apply for HEAP, you may also apply for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP). PIPP is an extended payment plan in which customers pay a percentage of their income toward their utility bill each month. 

Additionally, the $175 Winter Reconnect Option allows residential customers who are disconnected or being threatened with disconnection the opportunity to pay a designated amount to have their service restored or maintained. There is no income eligibility requirement. PIPP customers who use this option may be eligible to have a reset on their past due amount.

For more information on PIPP, the $175 Winter Reconnect Option or other available programs, visit firstenergycorp.com/billassist and click on “Search Assistance Programs.”

Ohioans with a household income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for the program. Income Eligibility Guidelines (For families/households with more than 4 persons, add $7,840 for each additional person):
     1 = $22,330
     2 = $30,170
     3 = $38,010
     4 = $45,850

For Additional information please also visit: Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) (ohio.gov).

Individual Microcredential Assistance Program

The Individual Microcredential Assistance Program or IMAP helps Ohioans who are low income, partially unemployed, or totally unemployed participate in a training program to receive a credential at no cost.

IMAP training providers will cover all tuition fees and additional costs to help you learn new skills and earn a credential that can lead to a good job.

Who can Enroll?

  • To participate, you must be an Ohio resident who is low income, partially unemployed, or totally unemployed.
  • Individual training programs may have additional requirements. To learn more, please contact the IMAP training provider you are interested in using.
  • The Ohio Development Services Agency will not be involved in the selection of individuals approved for assistance through IMAP. For information on other training programs, please contact your local OhioMeansJobs Center.

Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP) (ohio.gov)

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 mleis@wm.com 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.

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.

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 here on the Township Website as it becomes available. To see some preliminary and conceptual plans for the new building, please click here.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

The Township Hall remains closed to the public until further notice, with the exception of Trustee Meetings and Zoning Meetings as needed. 

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. 

Flag Raising Ceremony

On Saturday, August 29, 2020 the Cottages at Marblehead Association raised a new American Flag in conjunction with recognizing five United States Veterans who reside in the development. From left to right: Alex Sales - U.S. Navy; Tom Barnes - U.S. Air Force; Bill Stano - U.S. Air Force; Jonathon Borys – U.S. Marine Corps. and Dallas Stiles – U.S. Navy Veteran who served in WWII and Korea. Far right is Guy Page, association member who announced the servicemen. A resolution from the Danbury Township Trustees commending the recognition of these Veterans was presented by Dianne Rozak.

Hearing Notices

Hearing Notices


Board of Zoning Appeals

The Danbury Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold adjudication hearings on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 beginning at 5:00 p.m. on the following applications (Please continue to read below - last 2 paragraphs):

BZA-2021-039 351 Cedar. Request for an Area Variance to Section 3.5 to allow a porch addition to encroach into the west, front-yard setback (0’ proposed/ 5’ required), the south, front-yard setback (0.5’ proposed/5’ required) and to Section 7.12.3.A to allow more square footage than permitted to be added onto a nonconforming structure [58.6% (990s.f.) proposed/ 20% (337.8s.f.) allowed]. Terry Ross, Architect, Applicant/ Agent; William & Connie Nicholson, Owner.

BZA-2021-052 2071 Lattimore. Request for an Area Variance from Section 5.2.1.A.ii to allow for a garage addition resulting in the cumulative square footage of all accessory structures to exceed the allowable 1,200s.f. (1,957s.f. proposed). Anthony Cesarespada, Owner/ Applicant.          

Due to Covid-19 and per the State of Ohio public meeting guidelines, these hearings 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 zoning@danburytownship.com 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 zoning@danburytownship.com 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 Department 
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

The Danbury Township Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Rd., Marblehead, Ohio for the following application:

ZC-2021-020    8931 E. Harbor Road. Request for a Map Amendment from “A” Agricultural to “R-C” Recreational Commercial for PIN# 0140782014622000 (Sec. 1, part of Lot 2) consisting of 4.98 acres. William “Bill” Ziegan, Owner/Applicant.

Attendees must wear a mask. A copy of the proposed amendment may be viewed at the office of the Zoning Inspector at Danbury Township Hall by appointment, at the Ottawa Regional Planning Commission office at the Ottawa County Courthouse or online at www.danburytownship.com. At the conclusion of said hearing and the Danbury Township Board of Trustees will take action.

Contact

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.

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Trustee John Paul Dress:
(419) 341-0404 
johnpaul@danburytownship.com

Trustee David Hirt: 
(419) 732-2703
dave@danburytownship.com

Trustee Dianne Rozak: 
(419) 340-9359
dianne@danburytownship.com

Fiscal Officer - Carolyn Adams: 
(419) 732-3039 
fiscalofficer@danburytownship.com

Administrative Assistant to Trustees & Fiscal Officer
Susan Dress
(419) 732-3039 
assistant@danburytownship.com

Fire:   Chief Keith Kahler
firechief@danburytownship.com
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: dtpd@cros.net or
policechief@danburytownship.com
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
Email: roads@danburytownship.com

Zoning:
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
Email: zoning@danburytownship.com