By Rita M. Mahler
Special to the Register
When arriving on the Marblehead Peninsula from State Route 2 onto 269 North exit A you won’t travel far before reaching Port Clinton Eastern Road. A right-hand turn east will lead you to the Danbury Township Hall, where the township maintenance crew is centered. The historical building has just undergone some extensive upgrades and is looking better than ever. Behind it you will find the garages that house equipment for care and upkeep on the township roads and parks. Our crew of road supervisor Brett Waldron and three workers are dedicated to keeping things groomed and looking great for our community. Also at this location you will find the shelter house, baseball and soccer fields, playground area and basketball court.
On 269 North just past the intersection of Port Clinton Eastern you will go only about a mile to find the Danbury Police Station at 419 S. Bridge Rd., on the right-hand side. Our police department has grown to eight employees: Chief Mike Meisler, detective Sergeant Mark Meisler and six patrolmen. The township is a busy hub of activities in the summer, which keeps them pretty busy. The police station is also home to the township recycling center and shredding service.
The recently merged fire departments of Lakeside and Marblehead have become the Danbury Township Fire Department, and are located in three stations. Traveling north just past the police station, you will find Station 2 on the left at 150 S. Bridge Rd., before the light on Ohio-163. Doug Waugh, former Chief of the Marblehead department, has been the interim chief for the time being.
The ride along OH-163 East will take you past the Danbury Local School system at the corner of 163 and Erie Beach Rd. Danbury Township Fire Station 1, headquartered at 9551 E. Harbor Rd., is on the north side of 163 in the old Lakeside Fire Station, just before the south entrance gate to Lakeside. Continuing eastward you will soon enter the Marblehead Village limits by the U.S. Post Office. Once you drive under the overhead conveyor belt from the LaFarge Quarry to the loading dock you will see Station 3 that was the Marblehead Fire Station. In the Village Hall building next to the fire station you will find the Marblehead police station and village offices. The Marblehead police now have Chief Gregory Fultz, and three full-time and two part-time officers on their department. The village maintenance crew is also housed in this building with three employees.
Lakeside Association has their own security guards that are assisted by the local police when needed.
If not for these important places on our peninsula, there would be a lot less comfort and less enjoyment of such a wonderful place to live and visit. Please remember to yield to emergency vehicles, and maintenance road crews when traveling the roads.