NEWS AND UPDATES

Grey Cloud Island Township would like to ensure that our citizens have access to information that helps to be well informed on local matters and beyond. This section includes informational updates on a multitude of topics. Contact the town clerk if you have information that you would like to see included. 

LOCAL NEWS

January Planning Commission Meeting

The January meeting of the Grey Cloud Island Planning Commission will be held virtually via Zoom on Monday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m. Zoom meeting details are as follows:

Meeting ID:  846 7848 2100

Passcode:     GCIT

To join by telephone, dial 312-626-6799. Meeting ID is 846 7848 2100 and passcode is 078543

Monthly Town Board Meeting

The January meeting of the Grey Cloud Island Township Town Board will be held on Wednesday, January 12, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Aggregate Industries' Material Donation

A new Aggregate Industries' Material Donation Policy & Request Form is now available under Documents / Policies & Permits.

Buried History

There is now a book available that covers the history of the Grey Cloud Island Cemetery. The title is Buried History and it was written by Amy McVee, Jon & Candy Severson, Naomi Purves-Adams, and Alice Robinson. All are descendants of persons buried in the cemetery. If interested, contact Naomi at naomipa@comcast.net and phone 651-332-0733. The book can also be ordered from the Minnesota Historical Society website wchsmn.org.

Xcel Outages

If you experience an Xcel electrical outage, report it as soon as possible by calling 1-800-895-1999, through their mobile app, or online at www.Xcelenergy.com

Mortgage Assistance

The Washington County Community Development Agency is administrating a relief program for homeowners: the Crisis Assistance Relief for Homeownership Program (CARH). This program was funded through the CARES-Act via Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that were allocated to Washington County. Your city currently participates in the CDBG program, so your homeowners have access to this program. The program provides households at or below 80% area median income (AMI) with up to six consecutive months of delinquent mortgage and/or HOA assistance. The program will be available until the funding runs out. The link to apply can be found here.

 

Request Notice of Special Meetings

Township residents can request notification of special meetings by mail or email. Requests can be limited to specific issues. Click here to access form.

3M Settlement

For the latest information on the 3M Settlement, please visit this website.

Contact information for in-home water filtration systems:

Timothy Lockren, MPCA PFAS Unit     651-757-2686 or TimothyLockrem@state.mn.us

UltraPure is the Culligan affiliate that installs and maintains the granular activated carbon filtration systems for Grey Cloud Island Township. Their contact info is:

507-581-5823 or 800-283-8651

www.ultrapure.com

Washington County Environmental Center

The Environmental Center has re-opened. New drop-off procedures have been implemented to ensure the health and safety of staff and customers. These new procedures will result in longer wait times so they are asking customers to plan accordingly. Food scraps drop-off is now self-serve during normal operating hours. See their website for details.

Pipeline Safety and How to Recognize a Pipeline Leak

There are pipelines that run through Grey Cloud Island Township. The pipeline locations are indicated by markers. Markers are in the right-of-way and indicate the approximate location, but not the depth, of a buried pipeline. Although not present in certain areas, these markers can be found at road crossings, fence lines, and street intersections. The markers display the product transported in the pipeline, the name of the pipeline operator, and a telephone number where the operator can be reached in the event of an emergency.

Natural gas and Highly Volatile Liquids (HVL) are colorless and nearly invisible to the eye. Small leaks can be identified by looking for dying or discolored vegetation in a naturally green area. Hazardous liquids produce a strong sheen or film standing on a body of water. An HVL leak may be identified by a fog-like vapor cloud in areas of high humidity. Natural gas is colorless, but blowing dirt around a pipeline area may be observed, or vapor and "ground frosting" may be visible at high pressures, regardless of temperature.

Other ways to recognize a leak may include: water bubbling up or standing in an unusual area, a mist or vapor cloud, a powerful fire or explosion with dense smoke plumes, or an area of petroleum-stained ground.

The volume of a pipeline leak can range from a quiet hissing to a loud roar, depending on the size and nature of the leak.

An unusual smell, petroleum or gaseous odor will sometimes accompany pipeline leaks. Natural gas and HVLs are colorless, tasteless and odorless unless odorants, such as Mercaptan, are added. Most HVLs contain a slight hydro-carbon or pungent odor. Most are nontoxic; however, products such as ammonia are considered a toxic chemical and can burn the senses when it seeks out moisture (eyes, nose or lungs). If inhaled, HVLs may cause dizziness or asphyxiation without warning.

In case of emergency, call 800-720-2417 and 911.

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Meeting Dates

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