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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Upcoming Zoning Office Hour Changes
Please be advised that the Zoning Office will be closed over the Labor Day Weekend starting Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 1:00p.m. and will not reopen until Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 9:00a.m.
Swearing-In of New Officer
On August 12, 2019, Danbury township welcomed new Patrolman Brayden Schrader at his swearing-in ceremony. Brady will replace Patrolman Charlie Cunningham who will be leaving us in September to move out of state. Brady’s dad Chuck, his grandfather Ken and grandmother Patricia were in attendance for the swearing in ceremony. A big welcome to Brady!
Hazard Mitigation Grant Assistance
Two Presidential disaster declarations that were issued in southern/southwestern Ohio for flooding and tornadoes that occurred earlier this year have opened the door for mitigation project funding statewide. The funding is a hazard mitigation (prevention) assistance grant program. This mitigation grant does not address current issues, such as repairs to damages from current flooding, but instead is directed toward reducing future damages. Grants are typically awarded in January 2020 and funding is issued twelve to eighteen months thereafter. While the structure of this program does not help immediate situations it can assist with future issues should the lake levels remain high as projected. It can be used for elevation of structures, erosion control and if necessary, acquisition and demolition of structures. All potential projects must be coordinated with your local elected officials by mid-August and will undergo a comprehensive cost benefit analysis before final submission for consideration. This is not a reimbursement program. It is for future-planned projects only.
If you live in the Village of Marblehead your contact person is Bob Hruska (419) 798-0517.
Your information will be submitted to Emergency Management who will review and advise whether an application for the project qualifies to go forward for analysis. You do not need to have flood insurance in order to participate in this program.
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.
2019 Clean-Up Dates
Thanks to the Danbury residents and voters, Clean-Up Weeks are back! There are new rules for the operation of the event (See below).The Last 2019 Clean-up Week will be held:
The clean-up runs Monday through Friday during daylight hours. Township personnel will be available to provide unloading assistance from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Clean-up ends promptly at 11 a.m. on Friday. 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.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is planning to install a roundabout in fall of 2021 at the intersection of N. Shore Blvd., Englebeck Rd. and State Route 163.
The Danbury Township Trustees, Police Chief Michael Meisler, Fire Chief Keith Kahler and Road Superintendent Brett Waldron oppose this project. On June 12, 2019 the Trustees passed Resolution #09-2019 in opposition to the project and sent it to the individuals below. If you wish to express your opinion on this project please contact these people. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to any of your Trustees. Our contact information is on this website under “Elected Officials”.
State Senator Theresa Gavarone:
Contact form: http://theresagavarone.com
State Representative Steve Arndt:
Contact form: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/steven-m-arndt/contact
Jack Marchbanks, Director of ODOT:
Mr. Jack Marchbanks, Director
Ohio Department of Transportation
1980 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43223
Governor Mike DeWine:
Governor Mike DeWine
77 South High Street
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur:
Contact form: https://kaptur.house.gov/contact
Michael Stormer, ODOT District 2:
ODOT District 2 Environmental Coordinator
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.
Mulch & Leaf Brush Drop-off Site
The leaf drop-off site behind the dog park by the cell tower at 310 S. Bridge Road is now open for the season. Please remember:
- No stumps or root balls, (we are only able to process limbs and branches).
- No grass clippings or lumber.
- You must use Biodegradable bags or bring loose leaves. Please do not leave any other type of leaf bags.
- Contractor's are not permitted to use this service.
Dates for mulch assistance is as follows while supplies last:
Mondays from 8:00a.m.-9:00a.m. EXCEPT not on:
9/2, 10/14 & 10/21
The site typically closes in early November. Exact date will be determined based on weather conditions and posted here.
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.
Meet the New K-9!
During the regular meeting on March 27, 2019 the Danbury Trustees were introduced to Kalahan, the township’s new K-9. Pictured left to right: Sgt. Charlie Cunningham, K-9 Officer Brian Sloan and Police Chief Mike Meisler. Charlie and Mike presented Brian with a canvas print of Brian and Kalahan’s first day on the job. Congratulations to the Danbury Township Police Department!
Ottawa County Sheriff's Office New Mobile App
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office has launched a new 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.
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.
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 www.greatlakescoast.org
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.
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, August 21, 2019 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the following application:
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BZA-2019-122 171 Laser. Request for an Area Variance to Section 3.5.7 to allow for a covered porch/deck to encroach into the west, front-yard setback (11.5’ proposed/ 20' required) and the south, side-yard setback (3.5’ proposed/5’ required). Also requesting a variance to Section 7.9.3.A. to allow for the addition onto a nonconforming structure to exceed the 20% addition limitation (104s.f. allowed/ 203.34s.f.; 39% proposed). Timothy & Jennifer Gremling, Owners/Applicants.
BZA-2019-125 4733 E. Harbor Road. Request for a Conditional Use for a Limited Home Based Business (Golf Cart Rental) in accordance with Section 3.1.1.C.iv and Section 4.19. Patrick Lyons, Owner/Applicant.
BZA-2019-129 48 Riedmaier. Request for an Area Variance from Section 3.1.4.D to allow for a carport addition to be 2’ from the north, side property line where 5’ is required. Thomas deHass, Owner/Applicant.
BZA-2019-130 9370 Northern Avenue. Request for an Area Variance from Section 7.9.3.A. to allow for an addition onto a nonconforming structure to exceed the 20% addition limitation (301s.f. allowed/ 836s.f; 56% proposed). Carl & Cynthia Eyman, Owners/ Safe Harbor Development, Agent.
BZA-2019-131 5856 Sweetbriar. Request for an Area Variance from Section 3.5.7 to allow for an addition to encroach into the front-yard setback (20’ required/ 16’ proposed). William & Cynthia Marconi, Owners/ Applicants.
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 clicking on the case information above.
The Danbury Township Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Rd., Marblehead, Ohio for the following application:
ZC-2019-137 Map Amendment from “A” Agricultural to “R-C” Recreational Commercial for PIN# 0142109634811000 (Sec. 4, Pt. Lot 21 Firelands Survey) consisting of approximately 0.79acres, located at 2140 Meter Road. Edward & Mary Sheehan, Owner/Applicant.
A copy of the application may be viewed at the office of the Zoning Inspector at Danbury Township Hall during normal business hours. The amendment may also be viewed at the Ottawa Regional Planning Commission office at the Ottawa County Courthouse or online at www.danburytownship.com. 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.
** The Case Documentation will be posted 08.21.19 following the Ottawa County Regional Planning Commission Recommendation.
Board of Trustees
None at this time.
Fire: Chief Keith Kahler
Station 1 - Headquarters
9551 E. Harbor Road
Marblehead, OH 43440
Phone: (419) 798-5219
Fax: (419) 798-9122
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
Email: email@example.com or
Emergency calls: please dial 911
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