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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
2018 Focus on Danbury Twp. - Year End Review
Fall 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.

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:

          October 21-25

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. 

For 2019 Countywide Recycling Events, please click here. Additional information can also be found at

Upcoming Zoning Office Hour Changes

Please be advised that the Zoning Offices will be 

CLOSED ½ Day – Afternoons
     October 25 – November 1
Office will be open from 9:00am – 12:00p.m. noon.

Please be advised that the Zoning Offices will be CLOSED:
     November 4
     November 11 – Veteran’s Day
     November 14 – Staff Seminar
     November 18
     November 28 – Thanksgiving Day
     November 29 – Day After Thanksgiving
     December 13
     December 18
     December 24 – Christmas Eve
     December 25 – Christmas Day
     December 31 – New Year’s Eve
     January 1, 2020 – New Year’s Day

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you need the Zoning Administrator specifically, please leave a voice mail message (419.734.6120) or email Ms. Dale will get back to you the next day she returns.

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.

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.

Residential Tire Collection

Ottawa-Sandusky-Seneca (OSS) County Joint Solid Waste Management District will be collecting vehicle tires at the:

Ottawa County Fairgrounds
7870 W. St. Rte 162, Oak Harbor
Saturday, October 19, 2019
9:00a.m. until 12:00p.m.

Materials from businesses or institutions will not be accepted.  Residents are asked to stay in their vehicles while they are being unloaded at the collection.

  • Limit 10 tires per resident
  • Car & small truck tires - $1.00 ea.
  • Racing tires - $3.00 each (limit 10 per resident)

Accepting tires on or off the rim. ABSOLUTELY NO SEMI TIRES or TRACTOR TIRES!

If you have questions about an item you have that is not listed above, contact OSS main office 419-334-7222 or call toll-free at 1-888-850-7224.

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:
                        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.

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 

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. 

Hearing Notices

Hearing Notices

Board of Zoning Appeals

The Danbury Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a adjudication hearings at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Road, Marblehead, Ohio 43440 on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the following applications:                              

BZA-2019-179                 127-129 Kenton Row. Request for an Area Variance from Section 3.1.5.D to allow for a second floor addition to encroach into the south, side-yard setback (3’ required/ 0.2’ proposed). Ruttencutter Holdings, Owner/Applicant.

BZA-2019-181                 432 Lakefront. Request for an Area Variance from Section 3.1.5.D to allow for a first floor enclosed porch addition to encroach into the east, front-yard setback (5’ required/ 3’9” proposed) and Section 7.9.3.A to allow the addition to exceed the 20% limitation (432s.f. allowed/733s.f. proposed; 34.6%). Mitchell & Christine Grindley, 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 clicking on the case information above. 

Packets are loaded at a low density resolution. If you would like a better resolution, please email

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
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