Meeting Date : September 16, 2015
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A meeting of the Village Board of Trustees was held on September 16, 2015 at the Historic Watts DePeyster Hall, Tivoli, NY. Mayor Griffith called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm.

Present: Mayor Griffith, Deputy Mayor Bruno, Trustee Ezrati, Trustee Schneider and Trustee Majer.

Public: Thomas Crisci, Sr, Glenn Baker, David Cleaveland, Susan Huyser, Matthew Kobalkin and Peter Walsh.

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

The Clerk’s report included:

  • Sale of 629 trash tags
  • Two payrolls
  • Attended one Planning Board workshop and one ZBA meeting
  • Water/sewer bills mailed September 1- payment collection has begun
  • Attended a governmental accounting class given by the Office of the NYS Comptroller
  • Closed on October 12 in observance of Columbus Day

On a motion by Trustee Ezrati, seconded by Trustee Schneider, the minutes for August 19, 2015 Regular Board Meeting were approved, all in favor.

On a motion by Trustee Majer, seconded by Deputy Mayor Bruno, the Treasurer’s Report for Abstract 4, dated September, 2015, in the amount of $46,410.14 was approved, all in favor. Trustee Schneider moved that the bills be paid for the abstract as presented and Trustee Majer seconded the motion, all in favor.

Zoning Report – Trustee Ezrati

  • August 2015
  • Five new permits issued
  • Twenty-one inspections
  • One certificate of occupancy, 14 certificates of completion
  • Four complaints
    • Brush and tree limbs cleared from Panzur
    • Roll off container on Friendship Street – closed
    • Trash at 26 Pine Street was addressed

No correspondence was received by the Village.

Mayor Griffith summarized the agenda and opened the meeting for public comments on agenda items only. The Board of Trustees is recommending that a CDBG application for $150,000 be used for improvements to Pine Street. A public hearing will be set for feedback from the public. One public comment – “good idea”.

On a motion by Deputy Mayor Bruno, seconded by Trustee Ezrati, the Janelii Security Maintenance contract was approved, all in favor.

On a motion by Trustee Majer, seconded by Trustee Ezrati, the Public Works Union Contract was approved, all in favor.

On a motion by Trustee Schneider, seconded by Trustee Ezrati, a Public Hearing to hear all interested persons on the application for a Community Development Block Grant on October 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm was set. Roll call: Griffith: aye, Bruno: aye, Ezrati: aye, Majer: aye, Schneider: aye. Input from citizens and groups is solicited regarding the Village’s application. The Village is considering an application for improvements to Pine Street.

On a motion by Trustee Majer, seconded by Trustee Schneider, Crawford and Associates were hired to prepare the Community Development Block grant application, all in favor. The application must be submitted to Dutchess County by October 16, 2015.

The next regular meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 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 October 14, 2015 and Public Hearing at the Historic Watts DePeyster Hall at 7:00pm.

Trustee Reports:
Deputy Mayor Bruno

  • Skate Competition
    • Held in August
    • Very well attended
  • Halloween
    • Tivoli Library
      • October 24
      • Multicultural day from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
      • Food, parents of different cultures
      • Village will join in for Halloween celebration afterwards
  • Winterfest 2015
    • December 12
    • Volunteers needed – contact Deputy Mayor Bruno

Trustee Ezrati

  • Street Painting Festival
    • October 3, 2015
    • 15th Annual Festival
    • 7:30 am to paint squares black and white
    • 9:00 am chalk painting begins
    • Postcards have been printed
    • Most of the funds needed have been raised
    • Library board will participate with a poster with photos from fifteen festivals
    • Applications for squares are on the Village’s website,, or forms are available at the Clerk’s Office
    • Facebook page – Tivoli Street Painting
  • Tivoli Fire Department
    • Length of services awards for LOSAP
      • Earn 50 points for various activities
      • $500 yearly award for those who qualify
      • Met with RBC Wealth Management, Thomas Crisci and Terry Martin
      • 6 % rate of return since inception
    • Tom Crisci, Sr. – grant for $132,000 for turn out gear and bail out systems has been applied for through FEMA andwas approved. $7,000 will be contributed by the fire company with funds raised through fund drives and breakfasts
  • Planning and Zoning
    • Two subdivisions proposals have been received – public hearings will be held.
    • ZBA – area variances are being reviewed
  • Water/Sewer
    • Well Report
      • Three and one half inches of rainfall in August
    • Two water main breaks
      • Spring Street and North Road
    • Water Quality Report
      • Two water samples taken each month
      • No violations
      • Testing every month
      • Two different locations are tested monthly
      • Ecoli and coli form

Trustee Schneider

  • Greenway Grant
    • Matching grant for the design of walkway to the Hudson River
    • Conceptual design and layout work is complete
    • Public meeting was held
    • SEQR forms and preliminary plans have been completed
    • Bike lane or no bike lane?
    • North or south side of road?
    • Village historian has been consulted
    • Need input on different materials
    • Will form a committee
    • Lighting fixtures and solar pathway lights are being considered
    • Contact Trustee Schneider with input
    • Open committee – no meeting schedule yet
    • Needs residents to be on the committee for matching grant volunteer hours
    • Need engineers and archeological designers to volunteer
    • Trustee Majer will begin to work on the project
  • Court Report
    • $596 remitted to the Office of the State Comptroller

Trustee Majer

  • Tivoli Library
    • Many ongoing programs
      • Demonstration of Pet Responsibility
        • September 26, 11:00 am at the Dutchess County SPCA
        • Kindergarten to 3rd grade children with parents
    • “Upstate Cauldron: Eccentric Spiritual Movements in NYS”
      • Professor/Author Jocelyn Godwin
      • Friends of Clermont and the Germantown Library
      • October 3 at 3:00pm at the Tivoli Library
    • “Mad House: The Hidden History of Insane Asylums in the 19th Century NY”
      • Author Michael Keene
      • October 10 at Clermont Cottage
      • Call Friends of Clermont at 518-537-6622 for information
  • Hardscrabble Day in Red Hook
    • Apple Pie at the Elmendorph Inn from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Mayor Griffith

  • Pocket Park
    • Dutchess County owns a parcel on the southwest corner of the Madalin Bridge which is parallel to the creek
    • County Executive Marcus Molinaro has a plan to make a pocket park
    • There will be parking spaces and a 180 foot trail terminating in a viewing area
    • This project is not within the Village’s control
    • Mayor Griffith presented the initial ideas to the Board of Trustees who have given suggestions
    • County representatives will come to do a presentation for the proposed park
    • A former mill site and millstone is located along the creek
    • The date is October 1 on the third floor of Village Hall at 7:00 pm
    • Feedback from all residents is encouraged – come ask questions and voice any concerns
  • Village Engineers
    • RFP (Request for Proposal) has been issued
    • Nineteen firms attended a mandatory walk site visit of the Village held on two separate dates
    • Proposals are due by September 30
    • A committee will review the applications and conduct interviews
    • T&B (Tighe and Bond) Engineering was chosen for the water/wastewater system grant study
      • Study is underway and will conclude on December 31
  • Pizza and Politics Party
    • Held on Thursday night
    • Dean Bates also attended
    • Bard College provided the pizza
    • 25 students attended, several alumni and Jackie Szatko
    • Two hour conversation
    • Purpose was to inform the students about the new local laws
    • Will hold another in about a month and will keep doing them if necessary
    • Suggestion of more light in the Panzur parking lot was offered
  • Nuisance Gathering Law
    • First ticket was issued on Friday night totaling $400 in fines
    • Mayor has safety concerns as parties are being moved out of the Village to homes on Broadway and route 9G

Public comments centered on the specifics for the proposed subdivisions, noisy students, speeding on Broadway, delivery trucks and buses speeding on Broadway, broken pipes and storm water drains on Broadway which has delayed the re-paving, speeding signs, children at play signs for Feroe Avenue, the proposed pocket park, the TFD grant, various fire calls, street light out at 71 Broadway, skateboarding after dark on Broadway and the absence of a one way sign for Feroe Avenue at Broadway.

On a motion by Trustee Ezrati and seconded by Deputy Mayor Bruno, the meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm, all in favor.

Respectfully submitted,


Linda Gonnella
Village Clerk/Treasurer