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.
December Town Board Meeting
The December Town Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 9, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually.
Variance Hearing - Note Date and Venue Change
Aggregate Industries has requested setback variances for mining to be done at their Larson Plant in the years 2021-2024. See request. A variance hearing will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The Town Board will hear Aggregate Industries' request and give residents an opportunity to provide feedback before making a decision based on the facts presented. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. You can also participate by telephone. See details below.
You can email or mail your comments in advance to the town clerk at:
Grey Cloud Island Township
P. O. Box 4
St. Paul Park, MN 55071
You must include your full name and address when mailing or emailing your comments.
The Zoom meeting number / access code is 872 9082 2053 and the passcode is 4248
To participate via telephone, dial 1-312-626-6799. You will be prompted for a meeting number / access code and password. Meeting number and passcode are the same as above.
Washington County is partnering with the City of Cottage Grove to offer free weekly COVID-19 testing 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays at the Environmental Center in Woodbury. The Environmental Center is located at 4039 Cottage Grove Drive, Woodbury. Schedule an appointment at If you are not able to sign up online, or need a translator, call 1-855-612-0677. For more information about COVID-19 testing, go to
For the latest information on the 3M Settlement, please visit this website.
The Bulletin ceased publication after its last edition on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Therefore, Grey Cloud Island Township has had to find a new official newspaper for publication of notices. We will now be using the Pioneer Press for publication of notices.
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.