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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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.
Upcoming Zoning Office Hour Changes
Please be advised that the Zoning Office will be CLOSED:
Wednesday, April 24 - Friday, April 26
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you need the Zoning Administrator specifically on these days, please leave a voice mail message (419.734.6120) or email email@example.com and Ms. Dale will get back to you as soon as she returns on Monday, April 29, 2019.
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 2019 Clean-up Weeks 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 spring newsletter was mailed on Monday, March 25, 2019. All residents, except for those with a forwarding or hold order, should have received a copy. If you did not find the newsletter in your mailbox please contact the postmaster at (419) 798-4153. Township newsletters are also posted here on the township website and hard copies are available at Township Hall during regular office hours. The summer newsletter will be mailed in June and the fall newsletter will be mailed in September.
News from the Leaf Brush Drop-off Site
The leaf drop-off site behind the dog park by the cell tower at 310 S. Bridge Road is scheduled to open for the season on April 1, 2019. 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:
4/22, 7/15 & 10/21
Saturdays from 8:00a.m - 12:00p.m. EXCEPT not on:
4/6, 4/20, 5/4 & 5/18
6th Annual Dog Show
The 6th Annual Dog Show will take place Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Danbury Township's "Bark 'Til Dark" dog park located at 310 S. Bridge Road (SR 269). Registration is $10.00 and is from 1:00p.m- 1:45p.m. The judging starts promptly at 2:00p.m.
Please click here for the flyer with more information about categories, celebrity judges and rules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
None at this time.
The Danbury Township Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Rd., Marblehead, Ohio for the following application:
ZC-2019-041 249 S. Bridge (SR 269). Request for a Map Amendment from “R-3” High Density Residential to “C-2” General Commercial for PIN# 0140467606665000 (Sec. 4, Lot 3 Firelands Survey) consisting of 19.885 total acres. Marjory Kobylski, Owner/Applicant; Safe Harbor Development, Mark Montgomery, Agent.
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 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.
Board of Trustees
The Danbury Township Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing beginning at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Rd., Marblehead, Ohio for the following application:
ZC-2019-029 1530 S. Danbury Road (SR 269). Request for a Map Amendment from “A” Agricultural to “R-C” Recreational Commercial for PIN# 0141914126079001 (Sec. 4, west half Lot 19 Firelands Survey) consisting of 10.882 total acres. North Coast Zoological, LLC, Owner/Applicant; Michael Prosser, Agent.
ZC-2019-030 5677 E. Bayshore Road. Request for a Map Amendment from “A” Agricultural to “R-3” High Density Residential for PIN# 0141160415534004 (Sec. 4, Lot 20 Firelands Survey) consisting of 7.539 total acres. Daniel Jadwisiak, Owner/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.
Administrative Assistant to Trustees & Fiscal Officer
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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