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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
Fall 2022 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.

Zoning Office Hour Changes

The Zoning Office will be CLOSED the following dates:

December 26, 2022 - January 2, 2023 - Week between Christmas & New Year's

Township Meeting Location Changes

The floor in the Township Hall Meeting Room is under repair.  All Zoning and Trustee meetings will be held at the new Fire Station, 7870 East Harbor Road (just west of Dollar General) during this time. Notice will be given here when meetings move back to the Township Hall. 

Brush Drop-Off Site Closing Date

The brush drop-off site located at 310 S. Bridge Road (SR 269 South) behind the dog park will CLOSE December 16, 2022. For your safety, the brush area is not to be used after dusk. It typically re-opens in April. Please check back for official dates. 

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.  

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

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.

Recycling at Police Station

Beginning October 1, 2022, recycling service of the bins at the Police Department will be provided by Rumpke Recycling (red and white trucks).  The scheduled service days will remain the same with only a possible change in the time of day each site is serviced.  We’re dealing with all new drivers so please be patient and observant and contact us immediately if service days are missed or changed.  We don’t anticipate a problem but the chance for these errors increases when we a new provider comes aboard.  Rumpke Recycling provided a good service when they had the contract from 2012-2017 and we expect the same for these next 5 years.  

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.

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

OSS Fall & Winter Programs

For more information regarding the Ottawa, Seneca, Sandusky (OSS) Solid Waste fall & winter programs, including pumpkin composting and up-cycled ornament contest, please Click Here for their flyer of information. 

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

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

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. 

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. 

"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

12.07.22 ZC Agenda

The Danbury Township Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at the New Danbury Township Fire Station, 7870 E. Harbor Road, Marblehead, Ohio for the following application:

ZC-2022-270    Map Amendment from “A” Agricultural to “C-2” General Commercial for an 80’ x 138’ (11,040s.f.) area of a 4.591ac. parcel that is Part of Lot 4, Section 4, PIN# 0141164115578008 located at 280 S. Bridge Road (rear). Andy Schlotterer, MAWL Properties, LLC, Owner/ Applicant.

A copy of the application 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.

** Please park in front of the building and not the sides. **

** The meeting room is accessed thru the door to the left of the Main Entry of the building. **  

Board of Trustees

The Danbury Township Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing beginning at 5:45p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at the New Danbury Township Fire Station, 7870 E. Harbor Road, Marblehead, Ohio for the following application:

ZC-2022-254 Text Amendment. Request for Text Amendments to Section 5.2 ‘Accessory Buildings’ to increase the size of said structures within all zoning districts for properties over 2 acres and the height of said structures over 3,200s.f. Danbury Township, Applicant.

A copy of the proposed amendments 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.

** Please park in front of the building and not the sides. **

** The meeting room is accessed thru the door to the left of the Main Entry of the building. **  


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
 (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