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Danbury Township encompasses an 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 4,924 with an additional 846 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

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.

Fall/ Winter Township Newsletter

To view the most current Township Newsletter, please click here.

Zoning Office Hour Changes

Please be advised that the Zoning Office will be closing Friday, March 1, 2024 at noon. Ms. Dale is picking her son up from the airport as he returns home from his military basic training and technical school. 

Current Construction Updates – August 2023 through October 2024

Single lane restrictions on SR 2 will be in place until the contract completion date of 10/31/2024. The contract requires that all work between SR 269 and the east project limits (Edison Bay bridge) should be complete by May 15, 2024. The contractor schedule includes completing both phases of construction for both EB & WB SR 2 including deck overlays, approach slabs, semi-integral retrofit, installation of new bearings, new parapet walls, guardrail, asphalt paving, concrete sealing all prior to May 15, 2024 pending weather and railroad access.

Single lane configurations will continue through completion (October 2024) of the project on SR 2, however by May 15 two lanes should be available east of SR 269.

The district bridge engineer provided the following summary that elaborates more about the necessity of timing for these rehabilitations:

The OTT-2-2725 bridge over NS Railroad had expansion joints that failed. leaking water down onto the abutment beam seat.  Along with that, the concrete wearing surface was exhibiting cracks and had large unsound areas.  The work will eliminate the expansion joint and provide a new concrete wearing surface. Similarly, the OTT-2-2757 bridge over the Sandusky Bay overflow has a wearing surface that is exhibiting cracking, unsound areas, and de-laminations.  This bridge was already converted to semi-integral in 1998, so the work on this project is to replace the concrete wearing surface. 

Electric Aggregation Program

Danbury Township residents are included in the Ottawa County Electric Aggregation Program.

Marblehead Village residents are not included in the Ottawa County Electric Aggregation at this time, because they signed under a separate program with a different rate and terms.

If you are a Toledo Edison Customer, please click here for flyer with more information.

If you are an Ohio Edison Customer, please click here for flyer with more information.

Tornado & Severe Weather Shelters

2024 Special Recycling Events

The Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca County Solid Waste District holds special recycling and collection events, typically at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds every year. The events to be held in 2024 are for electronics, tires, appliances and household hazardous waste. Information on what will be accepted can be found by clicking here for their annual flyer. Pre-registration is required by going to or by calling (419) 334-7222. Danbury Township is not involved with these events, so please contact the number provided. 

April 8, 2024 Solar Eclipse

Danbury Township & Ottawa County are in the path of totality for the solar eclipse which will occur April 8, 2024. Surrounding communities are expected to see visitors doubling and tripling our populations over that weekend and potentially many more day visitors on April 8 if the weather looks favorable for viewing. People should plan ahead for gas, groceries, local travel, doctor appointments, etc. Please click here to view a presentation provided by the Ottawa County EMA. 


When parents are absent or unable to raise their children due to struggles with substance abuse, domestic violence, health concerns, financial instability, incarceration, etc., grandparents (and other adults) serve a critical and under-recognized role in our community by providing stable, loving environments for these children in need. Please CLICK HERE to view information from the Ottawa County Family Advocacy Center for services & assistance available.  

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.

Brush Drop-Off Site

The brush drop-off site for is now CLOSED for the season. The site 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. 

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. The brush drop-off site typically reopens April 1. Please check back for notice on when it is officially reopened for the 2024 season.

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.

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 Repair Information

Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) & Community Housing & Impact Preservation Program (CHIP) helps provide home repairs for eligible homeowners. For more information please Click Here for their flyer. You can also contact Sherry Evens, Program Clerk at or (419) 333-6049

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. 

Now Accepting Reservations for Lake Point/ Lions Park Shelter House!

The Township has began accepting reservations for Lake Point/ Lions 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. 

"No Surprise Act"

The Township is required to have this placed on our website per our insurance carrier.

The Transparency in Coverage mandate requires insurers and group health plans to make rate information publicly accessible to members and non-members starting July 2022. Medical Mutual will share rate information for Medical Mutual-contracted providers as well as historical allowed amounts and billed charges for out-of-network providers in a machine-readable file (MRF) format.  The information will be posted on a dedicated MRF landing page, accessible through To be considered compliant under the mandate, the regulations specify that ASO groups must include a link on their own website that directs users to the location of the publicly available MRFs.

The No Surprises Act (NSA), signed into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), establishes federal standards to protect patients with health benefits coverage from “surprise” medical bills that may arise when receiving care from certain out-of-network providers and ancillary providers. 

Hearing Notices

Hearing Notices

Board of Zoning Appeals

None at this time.

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

Fire:   Chief Keith Kahler
Station 1 - Headquarters
7870 E. Harbor Road
Marblehead, OH 43440
Phone: (419) 798-5219
Fax:      (419) 798-9122

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

Zoning Assistant
Michelle Teresi (April 1-October 1)

Assistant Zoning Inspector
Marcel Sorgi (April 1 - October 1)

 (419) 734-6120
Fax:      (419) 734-3137
Hours:  T, TH, F: 9:00a to 3:00p
W.: 9:00-11:00a & 4:00p-6:30p
The Zoning Office is CLOSED on Mondays