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.
October Town Board Meeting
The October Town Board meeting will be held on October 14 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held via video conference. To join, go to WebEx.com and select "Join" in the upper right hand corner. You will be prompted for meeting number/access code and password. The meeting number is 126 701 6980 and the password is GCIT. You can also participate via telephone by dialing 1-415-655-0001. You will be prompted for meeting number/access code and password. The meeting number is the same as above and the password is 4248.
Financial Relief Available for Homeowners
Homeowners in Washington County who have experienced a reduction in income because of the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for one-time grants of up to $10,000 to help make housing payments. A separate program providing rental assistance will be administered by Washington County's Community Services Department. Washington County received money from the federal government through the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, to assist small businesses, homeowners, and renters. Assistance payment will be made directly to the entity owed, and the delinquency or financial hardship must be due to a COVID-19-related financial impact on the household and must be documented. Assistance may be used for payments of a home mortgage/loan, homeowner's association dues, manufactured home community lot rent, and land payments for community land trust properties on the household's primary residence within Washington County. Other terms apply and homeowners will be required to provide documentation of need. The program will be managed by the Community Development Agency, which will be accepting applications after after Aug. 1 at washingtoncountycda.org, Washington County Community Development Agency, 7645 Currell Blvd., Woodbury; email , or telephone 651-202-2822.
Rental and Utility Assistance for Washington County Residents
Help is available for qualified Washington County residents who are unable to pay rent and utility costs due to COVID-19 related income loss. Residents who wish to apply for the assistance may call the Washington County Community Services Department at 651-430-6570 or email , or use fax number 651-430-6515. Find applications on the Washington County website at by searching "rental assistance".
In-Person Absentee Voting
In-person absentee voting for the November General Election starts Friday, Sept. 18. Absentee voting will take place at 5 locations in Washington County; Cottage Grove Service Center, Oakdale City Hall, Headwaters Service Center in Forest Lake, Woodbury Central Park, and at the Washington County Government Center. Any Washington County voter may vote at any of these 5 locations. Voting hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2. Voters who prefer not to return their ballot by U. S. mail may drop off their absentee ballot at one of these locations during the hours that they are open.
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.
Extended Hauling Hours
At the May Town Board Meeting, the board approved extending hours for customer load-out/hall-in at the Larson Plant of Aggregate Industries. The extended hours were requested in order to provide material for several local projects in Cottage Grove. The hours have been extended until October. The extended hours are from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday. Aggregate Industries estimates that contractors will haul during these hours approximately 3 days per week, depending on the contractor's need at any given time. The projects that are the impetus for this change are:
reconstruction of 80th Street between Jamaica Ave. and Keats Ave.
Granada Avenue water main extension
River Acres water main extension
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.