Danbury Township saw productive year in 2023

Mar 12, 2024 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

BY DIANNE ROZAK, DANBURY TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE

Danbury Township had a full and productive 2023. Road Superintendent Brett Waldron and his staff continued with their exemplary work in maintaining parks, roads and all township property. The department has one part-time and three full-time employees. Waldron is currently seeking a fourth full-time individual for his staff. The department assisted with 24 funeral services, mowed and trimmed Sackett Cemetery forty times and hosted the annual Wreaths across America ceremony. Residential “free mulch days” were held, the brush and leaf drop-off programs were well-received and one professional brush grinding was completed. Two township residential clean-up weeks were highly successful and will be held again in June and September. Township employees will assist staff from Cyclone Services during these Tuesday through Saturday clean-ups.

The department spent 472 hours mowing township properties exclusive of many hours of trimming. Dead or hazardous trees, as well as brush in the township road rights of way and parks, were removed, and ditches were monitored and cleaned as needed and as a preventative maintenance measure. Northern Avenue, Park Lane and Columbus Avenue were paved. Reclamite was applied to Ebert Court and the Rockport subdivision. Crack sealing was applied where needed. 300 tons of salt was obtained through the ODOT state purchasing program and added to the 300 tons remaining from 2022. A new fuel depot at 419 Bridge road is now in place, and plans are underway for a new maintenance building.

The Police Department, managed by Chief Michael Meisler, has nine full-time officers. Officer Brad LaMarca is assigned to Danbury Schools as a full-time Resource Officer during the school year, and he also conducts the DARE program. K-9 Kalahan has been trained as a certified public facility therapy dog and accompanies Officer LaMarca at least two days each week and attends all athletic events. Our officers provide protection 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with nine marked and two unmarked vehicles. They drove 169,345 miles patrolling during 2023. Total incidents were 3,838, down by only two from 2022. The department handled 7 incidents inside the Village of Marblehead and 158 within Lakeside. Police incidents with high amounts of attention included alarm calls, traffic warnings, lockouts, suspicious persons or vehicles, house watch requests, traffic complaints and warnings, assisting disabled motorists, animal complaints, welfare checks and assisting Danbury Fire and EMS. The department is located at 419 S. Bridge Road. They offer secure document shredding and unwanted prescription disposal services as well as house watch and senior watch. Call 419-732-2549 to make arrangements for these free services. The township’s recycling bins are located on the south side of the police department property.

The Danbury Township Fire Department is now led by Chief Shawn Hunsicker who will formally replace Chief Keith Kahler on April 12 when Chief Kahler retires. The department reported 1,021 incidents in 2023, down 72 incidents from 2022. They were detailed as 872 EMS calls, 53 fire calls, 24 motor vehicle accidents, 53 fire alarm activations, 13 carbon monoxide activations and 6 mutual aid calls. The department roster hovers around 40. Fire and EMS staff meet Monday evenings for training, department updates and continuing education sessions. The department is always in need of additional part-time staff. Township residency is preferred, but not required. Full training and all equipment is provided and no experience is necessary. Contact the station at 419-798-5219 for more information. A public retirement reception for Chief Kahler and welcome for Chief Hunsicker will be held on Sunday, April 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the fire station located at 7870 East Harbor Road.

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