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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
Township Trustee Meeting Summaries
2017 Focus on Danbury Twp. - Year End Review
Fall 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.

Wreaths Across America - December 15, 2018

There are over 2,605 fallen veterans buried in our Catawba, Johnson's Island, Marblehead and Port Clinton cemeteries. In recent years, not every veteran in our area received a wreath because enough money was not raised. The community organizers would love to have the ability to place a wreath on each and every grave, but they can only reach their goal with the community's help. They are looking to raise $26,000 in donations.

If you would like to DONATE, please click here for more information.

If you would like more information on how to be a SPONSOR, please click here.

Winter Electric Bill Assistance Programs

For more information on FirstEnergy's assistance programs to help with winter bills, please click here

News from the Leaf Brush Drop-off Site

The brush drop-off will close December 17, 2018. The leaf drop off site is behind the dog park by the cell tower at 310 S. Bridge Road. Please bring loose leaves. If you bring leaves in bags, please empty the bags and take them home with you. 

Danbury Township Hires 2nd Female Officer

December 3, 2018 the Danbury Township Police Department swore in their second female police officer, Carolyn DeMore. The first ever was Officer Vikki Fritz earlier this year in June. Patrol Officer DeMore was accompanied by her mom, Emily as Fiscal Officer Carolyn Adams administered the police oath. Please wish her a fulfilling, safe career and welcome her as she begins her service in our Township.

Dog Park Winterized

Please be advised that Bark til Dark Dog Park on S. Bridge Road has been winterized for the season. The water at the park has been shut off and the pumps will not work. Please refrain from trying to pump the wells, for in the past some of the mechanics inside have broke as a result. The water will be turned back on in the spring once temperatures remain above freezing. The park is open year-round to residents and their four legged friends, but please plan on bringing water during the winter months.

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.

Police Department Burglary Prevention Tips

For those who are leaving the Danbury Township Peninsula either for a short vacation or for the entire winter season, the Police Department would like to offer a few tips to help make sure your residence is secure while you're away. As always, your neighborhoods will be patrolled and we're looking forward to your return. Have a safe Fall & Winter! Click here to view the flyer.

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. To be considered for the position, your permanent residence of record must be Danbury Township. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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.

State/ Bayshore/ Port Clinton Eastern  Intersection Improvements

The intersection at State/Bayshore & Port Clinton Eastern Road is now open. Below is the new traffic pattern. Please drive a little more slowly through this intersection until we are all familiar with it. 

Future Newsletters

The Summer 2018 edition of the Township Newsletter will be the last one sent out this year. Future newsletters will be available for viewing here on the Township website and some hard copies will be available for pick-up in the Zoning Office.

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. Please go to Departments, then Zoning for more information and the form to file.

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. FEMA anticipates that these new maps will be ready for adoption by 2018-2019. For more information, please contact Ottawa County Regional Planning Commission at (419) 734-6780. Information can also be found at 

Hearing Notices

Hearing Notices

Board of Zoning Appeals

The Danbury Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold an adjudication hearing at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Road, Marblehead, Ohio 43440 on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the following applications:

BZA-2018-239                 335 Central Avenue. Request for an Area Variance to Section 3.1.5.D & 7.9.3 to allow for an addition onto the second story to encroach into the front-yard setback (9” proposed/ 5’ required), to enclose an existing porch that is 8” from the north property line (3’ required) and for the additions to exceed the 20% addition requirement onto a nonconforming structure (16.57s.f. allowed/93.93s.f. proposed; 28.4%). James Morrow, Owner & Applicant/ Feick Design Group, Agent.

Parties wishing to give testimony may appear in person or by attorney. Said hearing(s) may be continued from time to time as necessary. A copy of the aforementioned applications may be viewed at the office of the Zoning Inspector at Danbury Township Zoning Department during normal business hours or by clinking on the case information above.    

Zoning Commission

None at this time.

Board of Trustees

The Danbury Township Board of Trustees will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 5:30p.m. at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Rd., Marblehead, Ohio. The majority of the meeting will be conducted in executive session to discuss personnel matters required to be kept confidential by law.


The Danbury Township Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing beginning at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Rd., Marblehead, Ohio for the following application:

ZC-2018-232           Request for Text Amendments to Art. 5, Section 5.6 to exempt Danbury Township, Danbury Local School District and Lakeside from fence height and opacity requirements for athletic fields or courts and perimeter security fences. Also to remove reference to hedges or landscaping within this section and title. Danbury Township, Applicant.

A copy of the proposed amendment may be viewed at the office of the Zoning Inspector at Danbury Township Hall during normal business hours, 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:

Trustee David Hirt: 
(419) 732-2703

Trustee Dianne Rozak: 
(419) 798-4071

Fiscal Officer - Carolyn Adams: 

Fire:   Chief Keith Kahler
Station 1 - Headquarters
9551 E. Harbor Road
Lakeside, OH 43440
Phone: (419) 798-5219
Fax:      (419) 798-9122

Station 2 

150 S. Bridge Road
Lakeside-Marblehead, OH 43440
Phone: (419) 734-9700

Station 3
517 W. Main Street
Marblehead, OH 43440
Phone: (419) 798-4450
Fax:      (419) 798-9421

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