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.
March Planning Commission Meeting
The March meeting of the Grey Cloud Island Planning Commission will be held on Monday, March 8, at 6:30 P.M. via Zoom. The Zoom meeting information is as follows:
Meeting ID: 844 1077 2120
To join by phone, dial 1-312-626-6799. The Meeting ID is the same but the Passcode is 836533.
Township Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 9, at 7:00 P.M. via Zoom. The Zoom meeting information is as follows:
Meeting ID: 891 3330 8066
To join by phone, dial 1-312-626-6799. The Meeting ID is the same but the Passcode is 476630.
March Town Board Meeting
The March meeting of the Grey Cloud Island Township Town Board will be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, March 10, at 7:00 P.M. The Zoom meeting information is as follows:
Meeting ID: 897 5027 2904
To join by phone, dial 1-312-626-6799. The Meeting ID is the same but the Passcode is 570243..
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.
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.