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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
2021 Focus on Danbury Twp. - Year End Review
Spring 2022 Newsletter - New!

1935 Ellsworth - Brown Property
140 Tibbles - Wowk Property

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.

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
(419) 734-6800
8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.

Ida Rupp Public Libraries
Port Clinton Branch
310 Madison Street
Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
(419) 732-3212

Marblehead Branch
710 W. Main Street
Marblehead, Ohio 43440
(419) 798-0477

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.

House Rep. DJ Swearingen:  
U.S. Mail:
77 South High Street 13th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Tel: (614) 644-6011

Senate Rep. Theresa Gavarone:
U.S. Mail:
Senate Building
1 Capitol Square
Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Tel: (614) 466-8060

Not our Representative, but has property in Ottawa County:
Senate Rep. Bill Reineke:
U.S. Mail:
Senate Building
1 Capitol Square
1st Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Tel: (614) 466-8049

For additional information or updates, residents are also welcome to contact:
Trustee Dianne Rozak 
(419) 340-9359

Kathryn A. Dale, Zoning Administrator
(419) 734-6120

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. 

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 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. 

The full Preliminary Panels that cover Danbury Township area are available below to view:
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. 

Clean-Up Week/ Dumpster Days

The 2022 Clean-up Weeks will be held:

    Tuesday, June 21, 2022 thru Friday, June 24
                             9a.m. - 6p.m.

                    Saturday, June 25, 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:

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. 

Farm & Residential Tires (Click on image above to view PDF)
There will be a Farm Tire collection this summer that is only for farms operating in the District. Registration for the Farm tire collection will be by phone registration only- calling the main office 419-334-7222 ext. 2. Farm tires will be charged $1/$10/$20 depending on the height of the tires being recycled. Farms should be prepared to know the total number and height of tires before calling the District to register for the collection. A residential tire collection will be in the fall with sites set up in all three counties. Tires will be accepted on or off the rim. Residential tires will cost $1 each, and any racing tires will be $3 each. Please call the OSS office for specific drop off instructions if you plan on dropping off more than 10 tires for the residential tire collection.

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 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 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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

Hearing Notices

Hearing Notices

Board of Zoning Appeals

None at this time.

Zoning Commission

07.06.22 ZC Agenda

The Danbury Township Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Rd., Marblehead, Ohio for the following applications:

ZC-2022-134   0 Von Glahn/S. Bridge Road (Rear). Request for a Map Amendment from “A” Agricultural to “C-2” General Commercial for Part of Lot 10, Section 4, PIN# 0141181115783000 consisting of 25.6806 total acres. Sonja Kristensen, Owner/Applicant; Linda Kroeger-Baum, Agent.

A copy of the applications may be viewed at the office of the Zoning Inspector at Danbury Township Hall by appointment. 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.

Board of Trustees

The Danbury Township Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing beginning at 6:00p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Rd., Marblehead, Ohio for the following applications:

ZC-2022-080    1381 & 1405 Englebeck Road. Request for a Map Amendment from “A” Agricultural to “R-1” Rural Residential for PIN# 0141340918065000 & 0141340920565000 (Lot 10 [150’ x 218’] & Lot 11 [80’ x 218’] Orchard View Subdivision.) consisting of 1.15 total acres. DCC Holdings, Dan Carroll Owner/Applicant.

ZC-2022-096    Text Amendment. Request for Text Amendments to Section 3.5 ‘District Requirements’ for the “L” Lakeside and “LBO” Lakeside Business Overlay zoning districts to modify setback requirements in both zoning districts and the maximum building height requirement in the “LBO” zoning district. Section 5.10 ‘Parking & Loading Requirements’ to reduce the number on-site parking spaces for dwellings in these zoning districts. Lakeside Association Owner/Applicant; Jim Switzer, Representative.

ZC-2022-107    5216 E. Harbor Road. Request for a Map Amendment from “C-2” General Commercial to “R-C” Recreational Commercial for Part of Lot 4, Section 4, PIN# 0141164115578006 consisting of 5.3003 total acres. NN Ennterprises, LLC, Kenn Bower, Jr. Owner/Applicant.

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 by clicking on the case information above. At the conclusion of said hearing and the Danbury Township Board of Trustees will take action.


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
Lynne James
(419) 732-3039
Hours: M, Tu, Th:     8a - 4p
Wednesday: 12p - 8p
Friday:          7a - 3p

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