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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


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Public Records Request Form
2019 Focus on Danbury Twp. - Year End Review
Fall & Winter 2020 Newsletter 

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.

Cemetery Clean-Up

The Service Department is requesting that any personal belongings or sentimental items located on the gravesites at Sackett Cemetery are removed no later than March 15, 2021. Grave blankets, wreaths and other floral arrangements and decorations will be disposed of by the cemetery crew after that date in preparation of spring clean-up and maintenance.

Covid-19 Vaccine Town Halls

Ohio is hosting COVID-19 Vaccine Town Halls to help Ohioans sift through the myths and learn where they can find reliable, trustworthy information about COVID-19 vaccines. Each Town Hall will feature medical experts, community leaders, and public health professionals.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could use the information in this communications toolkit, including a graphics package, to help spread the word about these town halls to Ohioans. For your reference, a list of the specific events and the dates they will be livestreamed are listed below:

  • Monday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. – African American Ohioans
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. – Hispanic/Latino Ohioans
  • Monday, March 1, 6:30 p.m. – Asian American and Pacific Islander Ohioans
  • Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. – Rural Ohioans

How to watch: 
Watch live or on-demand after the event: 

Watch later on TV: 
Watch later on the Ohio Channel. Dates and times are forthcoming, and will be updated in the communications toolkit linked above once available.

Questions can be directed to Ottawa County Improvement Corporation at (419) 898-6242. 

Limited Access into Police Station

Effective 11/27/2020 the secure shredding and prescription drop-off services at the Danbury Township Police Station will not be available. This temporary suspension of services is due to the coronavirus and the need to limit in-person contact. The Police Station will only be accessible to our Officers. The direct number for the station is (419) 732-2549. To dispatch a Danbury  Officer call the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at (419) 734-4404. For all emergencies call 911.

2nd Business COVID Relief

On Thursday, January 14th at 11:30am, as part of the the Ottawa County Commissioners Small Business Task Force weekly meeting, OCIC will be providing a COVID-19 Relief Bill Presentation. This presentation will be conducted by Nick Apling, Robert Apling & Associates, and Justin Moore, GenoaBank. The presentation itself will last approximately 10-15 minutes and will be followed by a question and answer period. This presentation is open to the business community and accessible by clicking this link: or call 312-626-6799 with Passcode: 3427603931#

Below is an overview for businesses of the second COVID Relief bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in late December.  The Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (OCIC) is sharing this for informational purposes only. Any and all questions surrounding the programs referenced below should be directed to your accounting and/or financial institution.

COVID Relief Bill (Stimulus 2.0)
On December 27th, 2020 the COVID Relief Bill (Stimulus 2.0) was signed into law.  The $900 billion spending bill has several provisions that will assist individuals and small businesses.  This includes the popular Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Employee Retention Credit (ERC), and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).  These programs are expected to launch as early as next week.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
For businesses, it includes significant updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – including how they are taxed, tax credit eligibility, receiving grants and more.  You must use an eligible banking institution to apply.

  • You are encouraged to apply even if you did not do so the first time (2020);
  • First-time applicants AND businesses that qualified and received a PPP loan in 2020 will also have the opportunity to apply again, but must meet these criteria:
    • The business has less than 300 employees, and;
    • had a 25% reduction in gross receipts during at least one quarter of 2020 when compared to the same quarter of 2019, and;
    • the amount of the loan does not exceed $2 million.
  • Like the original program, to get a PPP loan forgiven, 60% must be spent on payroll, but the 40% expenses (rent, utilities, mortgage interest) rule has been expanded. Eligible non-payroll PPP expenses now include:
    • Operations expenses: cloud computing services, business software, human resources and related expenses.
    • Supplier costs: payments that go to suppliers who provide essential goods.
    • Worker protection expenses: expenses that go toward keeping employees safe during COVID-19, including personal protective equipment (PPE), drive-thru windows, sneeze guards and outside dining enclosures.
    • Covered property damage costs: costs related to civil unrest that occurred in 2020 that were not covered by insurance.
  • Congress also made the necessary changes as they relate to a business’s taxable income. Whether you previously received a PPP loan or are getting one in the future, all PPP loans now are NOT taxable and the IRS cannot limit your deductions as a result of receiving the PPP loan. The language is retroactive and goes all the way back to the enactment of the CARES Act -- thus covering all PPP loan recipients.
  • Another positive change is that businesses will now be able to take advantage of both PPP loans and the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC). It also expands the ERTC in 2021, with the new ERTC credit offering a maximum of $14,000 per employee through June 30, 2021. Originally, the CARES Act only allowed businesses to choose PPP or ERTC. You should take these changes into account for year-end (2020) tax planning purposes and as you plan out 2021.  You are eligible based on a decrease in revenue when comparing to 2019 quarterly revenue to 2020/2021 quarterly revenue. Please talk to your accountant regarding eligibility.  This is a complicated matter and details are still developing.

How do I apply?

  • We strongly urge you to talk to your accountant or local bank directly.  Their knowledge and expertise will be invaluable.
  • The federal government is working to ensure a smoother process with this new round of funding – more details and the rollout are expected the week of January 11.
  • These funds are expected to go quickly just like the first time – the longer you wait the less likely you will be to receive the funds.
  • For more information about the Paycheck Protection Program click here.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (extended thru end of 2021 -- apply directly with the SBA on their website)

  • Lending option to assist businesses with a loan.  You must pay this loan back.  The interest rate is 3.75% and fixed over 30 years.
  • However, there are restrictions of distribution of assets (Example: cash distributions to owners).
  • SBA determines eligible loan amount based on your revenue.
  • Click here to be directed to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan page and application on the SBA’s website.

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 Small Business Grant

October 26, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted  announced a $125 million grant program to help small businesses that have been harmed by the effects of COVID-19.

The grants will provide $10,000 to small businesses in Ohio with no more than 25 employees. The program will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency. Eligible businesses that are approved to receive grants can use the money for a variety of expenses, including mortgage or rent payments; utility payments; salaries, wages, or compensation for employees and contractors; business supplies or equipment; and other costs.

To ensure the grants are spread throughout the state, $500,000 will be set aside for businesses in each of Ohio’s 88 counties. As businesses in each county are approved for funding, the $10,000 grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. When a county’s allocation is depleted, businesses in that county will be eligible to receive grants from the remaining funds in the overall grant program. If businesses in a county do not deplete the county’s allocation within 21 days after the application period opens, the remaining funds will become available to businesses statewide.

The application opens November 2 at Funding for the program is contingent on approval by the Ohio Controlling Board. 

Restaruant & Bar Assistance Program

October 26, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted  announced that the state of Ohio has created a $37.5 million fund to help bars and restaurants that have been hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will provide $2,500 grants to eligible liquor permit holders in Ohio.

The application for the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund will be available at starting November 2. Businesses applying for funding will be required to establish a registration ID with the state of Ohio. To create a new OH|ID, which provides users with secure access to State of Ohio services and programs, click here.

Permit holders may apply for the liquor assistance funding as well as the Small Business Relief Grant. Funding for the program is contingent on approval by the Ohio Controlling Board.

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. 

Brush Drop-Off Closed for Winter

The brush drop-off located at 310 S. Bridge Road (SR 269 South) behind the dog park is still closed for the winter. It will reopen in the Spring, usually April. 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.  

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 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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. As stated previously, 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 their 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. This post is a courtesy notification and enforcement will begin June 15, 2020. In the interim, 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.

Hearing Notices

Hearing Notices

Board of Zoning Appeals

The Danbury Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold adjudication hearings on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 beginning at 5:00 p.m. on the following applications (Please continue to read below - last 2 paragraphs):

BZA-2021-025   5686 E. Harbor Road, Unit A-1 & A-2 (Safe Harbor Development).
Request for a Major Modification to a previously approved Conditional Use in accordance with Section 3.4 and 7.11 to allow a kennel (doggie daycare). Samantha Puckett, Applicant/ Agent; Safe Harbor Development, Owner.

BZA-2021-029   6271 E. Harbor Road (Harbor Haven).
Request for an Area Variance to Section 4.15.2.C to encroach into the required 45’ east side-yard setback (0’ proposed) and Section 4.15.2.C to allow encroachment into the required 20’ buffer (0’ proposed on east – See also Sec. 4.15.2.E). Harbor Haven, LLC, Adam & Willie Steinbrick, Owner/Applicant; BEC Associates, Agent.

BZA-2021-030   243 Hamilton.
Request for an Area Variance from Section 3.5 & Section 5.1.7 to allow for a deck to encroach into the north, side-yard setback (2' proposed/ 5' required). Stacey Streeter, Agent; Owner/ Applicant.

BZA-2021-031   1944 Bayview.
Request for a Conditional Use in accordance with Section 3.4 & 4.11 for a Limited Home-Based Business to allow for a jet ski repair shop. Russell Veverka, 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 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 Department 
5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Road
  Marblehead, Ohio 43440

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

Zoning Commission

The Danbury Township Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, 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 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 online at under “Hearing Notices”. 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

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