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.
August Planning Commission Meeting
The August meeting of the Grey Cloud Island Planning Commission will be held at town hall on Monday, August 9, at 6:30 p.m.
A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, August 11, at 6:15 p.m. The purpose of the hearing is to present proposed new ordinances. The proposed new ordinances are:
Ordinance No. 57 Right-of-Way
Ordinance No. 58 Nuisance (will replace Ordinance No. 41)
Ordinance No. 59 Officer Compensation (instead of paying "per meeting", officers will be paid a monthly stipend.
A copy of the three proposed ordinances is available for public view on this website under the DOCUMENTS tab. There is a "Proposed Ordinances" folder.
A copy of the three proposed ordinances is available for public view before the hearing date at the clerk's office located at 10615 Grey Cloud Island Drive South and may be inspected there by appointment on Monday thru Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Monthly Town Board Meeting
The August meeting of the Grey Cloud Island Township Town Board will be held on Wednesday, August 11, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.
Annual Town Meeting
The Annual Town Meeting, which is normally held in March, was recessed until Thursday, August 12, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Grey Cloud Island Town Hall.
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.
Weed Control in Washington County
Washington County staff will be spot mowing and spraying for noxious weeds in the more than 220 miles of rural roadsides June 15 through July 30, and again in October. This is being done to help comply with Minnesota State Noxious Weed Law administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Mowing will be used to prevent seed set and the following herbicides will be used to spray mowed area; Escort XP, Milestone VM, and Liberate.
Property owners who do not want their roadside sprayed or mowed, and are willing to take responsibility for controlling and eradicating noxious weeds on the adjacent roadside, may visit the Washington County North Shop at 11660 Myeron Road in Stillwater Township to obtain signage, or call 651-430-4300. Be prepared to provide an address, the nearest cross street, and a description of where Do Not Spray signs will be located.
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.
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
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.