Village of Tivoli Public Advisory: Notice of Elevated Lead Levels in Soils at Former Water Tower Site

What is the advisory?

The Village of Tivoli has received soil sample data indicating levels of lead in the soil under the former water tower, in Memorial Park, that are elevated above New York State Soil Cleanup Objectives.

How did we learn about this?

When the old water tower was removed, before and after soil samples were taken as a routine precaution to ensure no lead was released during the take-down. While the before and after samples were found to be the same, both indicated elevated lead levels, meaning the presence of lead predated the removal of the old tower.

What is lead and how can I be exposed to it?

Lead is a heavy metal that is naturally occurring in soils at low levels. Human activity has increased lead levels in soil from sources such as paint and automobile emissions from leaded gasoline. Although the use of lead paint been discontinued since the late 1970s, historic use of leaded products may result in elevated lead levels in soils in the vicinity of buildings and structures historically coated with lead paint.

Exposure to lead in soils commonly occurs when people come in contact with bare soils and soil particles are inhaled or ingested. Having a dense grass or vegetation cover over lead contaminated soils reduces exposure potential.

Lead in surface soils at Memorial Park is very unlikely to affect the quality of the Village’s drinking water. The Village’s water supply is drawn from wells that draw water from the underground aquifer. The Tivoli Water System is in compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule for drinking water.

How is the Village addressing the issue?

The Village has notified the Dutchess County Department of Community and Behavior Health and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The Village and its environmental consultant are working with the agencies to develop a plan to determine the extent of lead in the soils near the former water tower and identify appropriate corrective action.

The Village will be restricting access to the area in the vicinity of the former water tower with snow fence. The Village’s environmental consultant will be collecting additional soil data to determine the extent of the soils with elevated lead levels. During this time, we ask that Memorial Park users avoid entering the restricted area.

The Village will provide additional updates through the Village website and email notification system as information becomes available. The assessment of soil lead levels in the vicinity of the former water tower is expected to take one month.

Meeting Date : May 21, 2014
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A meeting of the Village Board of Trustees was held on May 21, 2014 at the Historic Watts DePeyster Hall, Tivoli, NY. Mayor Cranna

called the meeting to order at 7:11 pm.

Present: Mayor Cranna, Deputy Mayor Griffith, Trustee Ezrati, Trustee Schneider, Attorney Christine Chale and Steven Roberts of

PANDA. Absent: Trustee Bruno.

Public: David Cleaveland, Karen Cleaveland, Rory Mondshein, George B. Harrar and Robert Lachmann.

The Mayor asked all present to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

On a motion by Deputy Mayor Griffith, seconded by Trustee Schneider, the rules were suspended so that the public could address the

Board on agenda items only. There were no public comments. On a motion by Trustee Ezrati and seconded by Deputy Mayor Griffith,

the Board returned to regular business.

The Clerk’s report included:

  • Sale of 449 trash tags
  • Two payrolls
  • One planning board workshop and meeting
  • Closed for the holiday on Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day
  • No correspondence received for the record

On a motion by Trustee Schneider and seconded by Deputy Mayor Griffith, minutes for the April 16 regular board meeting were

approved, all in favor.

Mayor Cranna announced the Harris Smith American Legion Post will be hosting their annual Memorial Day services on May 26 at

10:00 am at the Red Church Cemetery. Mayor Cranna has been asked to be the guest speaker.

On a motion by Deputy Mayor Griffith, seconded by Trustee Schneider, the Treasurer’s Report for Abstract 12, dated May 21, 2014, in

the amount of $27,964.68 was approved. The Treasurer’s Report is posted on the Village’s website each month. Mayor Cranna has

temporarily frozen spending except for emergency situations. A form is available to request exceptions to this for department heads

and trustees. Deputy Mayor Griffith moved that the bills be paid as presented and Trustee Schneider seconded the motion, all in favor.


Zoning Report – Trustee Ezrati

  • Zoning Officer is on vacation – no report this month
  • Garbage can issue has been improving
  • Vacant buildings are an ongoing issue –there is no resolution at this stage

A presentation was made by Bard College Liaison, Rory Mondshein

  • Three Bard students are participating, two off campus, one on campus
  • The purpose is to facilitate active dialogue and bridge a connection between the Village and Bard College
  • Asks that student participation not be a forum for residents to vent frustrations about the college
  • The liaison will

o Attend all Village board meetings and open forums

o Serve as a student representative at meetings

o Encourage active engagement with the Village and their events

o Serve as part of the Mayor’s cabinet

o The current liaison for Tivoli is George B. Harrar

Mayor Cranna spoke about a grant opportunity in the amount of $90,000 from Dutchess County Department of Planning.

The purpose of the project is to evaluate the potential transfer of ownership of the Village’s Water & Sewer Systems to the Dutchess

County Water and Wastewater Authority (DCWWA.)

The evaluation will include:

  • An engineering analysis of the existing infrastructure and identification of short and long term capital improvement needs
  • Analysis of the current fiscal condition of the systems including history of revenues and expenses and the amount and term of

any outstanding debt

  • Identification of any legal issues that may arise related to the transfer of ownership
  • The DCWWA will serve as a technical advisor to Tivoli, at no cost to the Village or the Project.
  • As the potential future owner of the Water and Sewer Systems, the DCWWA will be responsible for addressing issues related

to its potential future ownership and management of the systems.

  • The goal of the project is to determine whether meaningful benefits can be realized by transferring ownership of the water and

sewer systems to the DCWWA.

  • Benefits are considered to include

o Improved efficiency and quality of service delivery

o Lower and/or stabilized expenses to local taxpayers taking into account both the current systems’ operational

expenses as well as long-term maintenance and rehabilitation of infrastructure

o Improved efficiencies and cost savings associated with the DCWWA’s centralized management and administration

of multiple water and sewer systems

o Improved efficiencies, services and savings.

  • Awards will be announced in late summer
  • Grant will cover the cost of attorney, engineering and any publications
  • Public hearings and public forums will be held
  • There are no pre-determined conclusions
  • The Town of Hyde Park is also participating in a study

On a motion by Deputy Mayor Griffith, seconded by Trustee Schneider, Resolution 8-2014, dated May 21, 2014, RESOLUTION



On a motion by Trustee Schneider, seconded by Trustee Ezrati, Trustee Bruno was appointed Fair Housing Officer, all in

favor. The Fair Housing Officer accepts and investigates complaints and concerns for housing issues.

On a motion by Deputy Mayor Griffith, seconded by Trustee Schneider, the village will begin to use purchase orders for all

village purchases, all in favor.

On a motion by Trustee Ezrati, seconded by Trustee Schneider, Resolution 9-2014, dated May 21, 2014, ESTABLISHING A



POLICY” , ALL IN FAVOR . The proposed procurement policy will be posted on the Village’s website and will be available for

review in Clerk’s office. The Public Hearing will be held June 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Village Hall, 86 Broadway, Tivoli, NY.

On a motion by Deputy Mayor Griffith, seconded by Trustee Ezrati, the Mayor was authorized to sign the annual lease

agreement for the parking lot located on the north side of the Masonic Lodge Building at 7 North Road, all in favor. It was

noted that the lease will be revised for next year.

Attorney Chale has formed a new law firm. On a motion by Trustee Schneider, seconded by Trustee Ezrati, the Mayor was

authorized to sign a contract for Rodenhausen Chale LLP for Bond Counsel Services as official attorney to the Village, all in


Mayor Cranna spoke about the intersection at Broadway and Route 9G:

  • Flashing red and yellow light has been installed
  • Thousands of Individuals signed a petition for the light to be placed at the intersection
  • NYS Department of Transportation is paving the shoulders of the road only.
  • Bard College has agreed to increase the college signage on Route 9G
  • Tivoli will look at additional signage also
  • Mayor Cranna thanks many individuals including former Trustee Manna who worked consistently on the project for many


Mayor Cranna has been informed that the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles will

  • Issue emergency vehicle license plates for the DPW Supervisor and the Fire Chief at no cost
  • Allows certain access for these vehicle in emergency situations

The next regular meeting will take place on June 11, 2014 at 7:00pm at the Historic Watts dePeyster Hall. The workshop will be held at

6:00pm before the meeting. There will be a workshop on June 18, 2014 at the Historic Watts DePeyster Hall at 6:00pm.

Trustee Reports:

Deputy Mayor Griffith

  • Water System Operations Report

o No violations

o Testing every month

o Two different locations are tested monthly

o Ecoli and coli form

  • Water Mains were flushed in May

o 38 Broadway

  • Village Clean Up Day

o Held on April 26 at 1:00pm at Village Hall

o Twenty people attended

o Riverfront clean up also

  • Community Garden

o Garden is full – no more plots available for this year

o To reserve for next year – tivolicommunitygarden

o No rain date

o There are now raised beds in the back half of the garden

  • Safety Forums

o Have met for five months

o Route 9G safety

o Committee will continue to meet

o Focus will shift more toward trail systems

  • Discussing possible trail locations as alternatives to Route 9G
  • Trails for walking and cycling
  • Bard College is working to inform and educate students about the highway
  • Safety forums meet monthly

Trustee Ezrati

  • Trustee Bruno presented a proposed skate board park (in Memorial Park) presentation to the Planning Board
  • Sees improvement with the Village’s relationship with Bard College
  • Attend a class at Bard on sustainability lead by Brent Kovalchick

o Bicycle trails

o Vertical gardens

o Public art

o A presentation for a proposed grocery store pending for the Village Book Store site

Trustee Bruno

  • Absent

Trustee Schneider

  • Justice Court

o $909 to comptroller’s office

  • Shared Services Study Committee

o Ongoing monthly meetings – this month’s meeting was re-scheduled meet next week instead.

  • Business and Artist’s Association

o Establish a dialogue with local business owners

o Make the Tivoli experience better

o Reach out to Tivoli business owners

Public comments centered on the proposed crosswalks, summer rec camp, road repairs along Broadway, re-painting of yellow zones,

the one way sign at Feroe Avenue, parking permits, and police patrols.

On a motion by Deputy Mayor Griffith, and seconded by Trustee Schneider, the meeting was adjourned at 7:52 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Gonnella

Village Clerk & Treasurer