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.
The July Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled.
The July Town Board meeting will be held via video conference on Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. To join, go to WebEx.com and select "Join" in the upper right hand corner. You can also participate via telephone by dialing 1-415-655-0001. The meeting number / access code is 126 675 9528 and the password is GCIT for the video conference or 4248 if joining by telephone.
Residents May Apply for Absentee Voting for Statewide Primary, General Election
Voters may request ballots now for both the state primary and the general election. Voting by mail is safe, easy, and convenient. All voters may vote early in Minnesota, with no reason required. To receive a ballot, a voter must complete an application. The application is found on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website at www.mnvotes.org. This site serves as a voter information portal and provides information on how and where to vote in any upcoming election. It is also where to update voter registration information, such as address or name changes. These changes must be made before July 21 to be pre-registered, or can be made on the day voters go to the polls with proof of residency documentation.
Transmission Line Inspections
Xcel Energy will be completing inspection of overhead transmission facilities with helicopters. This will be done throughout the state and will take 8 - 10 weeks. Crews will be inspecting wires, towers, and encroachments into transmission easements. Helicopters will fly within 50 feet of transmission lines at varying speeds. At times the helicopter will hover near infrastructure to perform more detailed inspections.
County Road 75 and Grey Cloud Trail
Washington County will be reconstructing County Road 75 from 14th Avenue in St. Paul Park to the southern extents of County Road 75 south of Pioneer Road. The Grey Cloud Trail segment will start at County Road 75 in the west and extend to Geneva Avenue South in the east. The project is expected to start Mid-August of this year and be significantly complete by the end of October. County Road 75 will close for 2 days to reconstruct a culvert 900' north of Pioneer Road. A detour will be in-place and signed prior to the closure. For more information, see the Documents section of 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.
A Red Flag Warning went into effect for central and southern Minnesota on April 20. This included Washington County. Strong wind and low humidity lead to a critical fire danger. DO NOT BURN while the Red Flag Warning remains in effect. For more details, go to
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.
On December 25, 2019 our long-time township attorney, David Magnuson, passed away. Mr. Magnuson served our community for many years. He was a pleasure to work with and will be sorely missed. A new attorney was hired in February. His name is David Snyder and he is with the law firm of Johnson and Turner.
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.