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 : July 17, 2013
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A meeting of the Village Board of Trustees was held on July 17, 2013 at the American Legion, 8 Tivoli Commons, NY. Mayor Cranna

called the meeting to order at 7:08 pm.

Present: Mayor Cranna, Deputy Mayor Griffith, Trustee Ezrati, Attorney Christine Chale and PANDA film representative Steven

Roberts. Absent: Trustee Bruno.

Public: Richard Schiafo

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

Mayor Cranna announced his appointment of Trustee Jeanann Schneider who replaces Michael Leedy on the Board.

On a motion by Deputy Mayor Griffith, seconded by Trustee Schneider, a motion was made to open the meeting to the public for

comments for agenda items only. There were no public comments. On a motion by Deputy Mayor Griffith, seconded by Trustee

Ezrati, the public comment portion was closed.

Mayor Cranna presented the minutes of the June 19, 2013 Workshop Meeting, the June 19, 2013 Public Hearing and the June 19,

2013 Regular Board meeting. A motion was made by Deputy Mayor Griffith, seconded by Trustee Ezrati to approve the minutes. The

minutes were approved, all in favor.

The Clerk’s report included the sale of 583 garbage tags, attendance of a Planning Board Workshop, two payrolls, A Tap Cap Review

Audit by the Office of the State Comptroller, an audit by Dutchess County Planning and Development for the 2011 and 2012 CDBG

grants and an audit by Dutchess County Human Resources Department for the Annual Payroll Certification Review. All audits were


Mayor Cranna noted that Tivoli’s Annual Village Wide Yard Sale day will be held on July 27, 2013, starting at 9:00am.

On a motion by Trustee Ezrati, seconded by Deputy Mayor Griffith, the Treasurer’s Report for Abstract 2, dated July 17, 2013, in the

amount of $43,541.63 was approved. Trustee Ezrati moved that the bills be paid as presented and Deputy Mayor Griffith seconded the

motion, all in favor.

Zoning Report- Trustee Ezrati

Zoning Officer

  • Closed out building permits and issued two permits totaling $100
  • Passed inspection on five different activities including the village’s bus stop

Mayor Cranna stated that The Resolution for standard Workday Reporting and the Annual Fuel Oil Bids are tabled for this month.

On a motion by Deputy Mayor Griffith, seconded by Trustee Ezrati, Resolution 29-2013, Dated July 17, 2013, RESOLUTION

REGARDING CLIMATE SMART COMMUNTY was approved. Roll call: Ezrati: aye, Griffith: aye, Cranna: aye, Schneider: aye,

Bruno: absent.

Village Engineer Ron Evangelista presented the board with a list of proposed CHIPS projects (attached) for the village. He noted that

there needs to be clarification of the exact measurement of the village’s streets.

Trustee Reports:

Deputy Mayor Griffith:

  • Court Report – fees collected in the amount of $1,500
  • Water Report

o Water main break on Woods Road

o Water quality is tested monthly and has a clean bill of health for June

o One well off in June

  • Welcome to Tivoli Sign

o Re-painted by the Deputy Mayor and a light will be added

  • Flower Brigade

o Plantings will be completed around the village

o Volunteers needed – contact the Deputy Mayor

o Paid for by donations made to the village

Trustee Ezrati:

  • Audit for LOSAP is complete
  • $115,000
  • Five year paying off earned service awards
  • Bonds
  • Unexpected loss but way above benchmark
  • 21 individuals earned $500
  • Zoning Review Committee

o Will meet this week or next

o Zoning codes to be reviewed for parking regulations

o Previous review was in 2010

Mayor Cranna stated the there will be a re-distribution of duties for the board with the exception of Trustee Ezrati which will be in place

for the next board meeting.

The next Regular Meeting will take place on August 21, 2013 at 7:00pm at the American Legion. The workshop will be held at 6:00pm

before the meeting. There will be a workshop on August 14, 2013 at the American Legion at 6:00pm.

Public comments centered on the CHIPS funds proposal, village code and the use of generators, the Climate Smart Resolution, CFA

funding, and parks &recreation trail improvements.

On a motion by Trustee Ezrati and seconded by Trustee Schneider, the meeting was adjourned at 8:11 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Gonnella

Village Clerk & Treasurer