Due to the rain forecast for our original date, WINTERFEST has been moved to 12/10.

2:00PM Keep your eyes peeled for Santa, who will be touring the village with help from the Tivoli Fire Department.

3:30PM @ the Firehouse, Kids crafts and cookie decorating.
Come for hot chili, hot dogs, and hot beverages.

4:45PM @ the Firehouse, Holiday Light-up.

5:00PM-7:00PM Horse drawn wagon rides on Broadway & Merchant and Artists open houses.


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 : March 18, 2020
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March 18, 2020


A meeting of the Village Board of Trustees was held on March 18, 2020 at the Historic Watts DePeyster Hall, Tivoli, NY.  Mayor Griffith opened the regular meeting at 7:10 PM.


Present: Mayor Griffith, Deputy Mayor Majer, Trustee Ezrati, Trustee Schneider


Absent: Trustee Cole

Media:  PANDA TV

Public: Tom Crisci, Sr., Pete Walsh

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


The Clerk’s report included:

  • Sale of 413 trash tags
  • Two payrolls were processed
  • Deputy Clerk has been busy with both Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeal projects


On a motion by Trustee Ezrati, seconded by Deputy Mayor Majer, the February 19 regular meeting minutes, February 25 information session minutes, February 25 special meeting minutes, March 4 7:00 PM public hearing minutes, March 4 7:15 PM public hearing minutes, and March 4 special meeting minutes were approved, all in favor.


On a motion by Deputy Mayor Majer, and seconded by Trustee Schneider, the Treasurer’s Report for Abstract #10 totaling $83,536.39 was approved.  Trustee Schneider moved that the bills be paid for the abstract as presented and Trustee Ezrati seconded the motion, all in favor.



Zoning Report


A Zoning Report was not provided.


Mayor Griffith summarized the agenda and opened the meeting for public comments on agenda items only; there was no comment.


RESOLUTION #13; Budget Modifications; motion made by Trustee Ezrati, seconded by Trustee Schneider; all in favor.


The 2020-2021 Tentative Budget was presented to the Village Board.


The Village Board reviewed Part 2 of the EAF Regarding Tivoli fire Station Expansion, Lot Consolidation, and Local Law A (Proposed) of 2020 to Extend GB District and Amend the Zoning for Cultural Facilities and Municipal Uses.


Upon completion, the board reviewed Part 3 of the EAF.


There was a review of the LWRP recommendation from the Planning Board, who found consistency with the LWRP; Trustee Ezrati made a motion to accept their findings, seconded by Deputy Mayor Majer; all in favor.  Mayor Griffith will sign the document.


RESOLUTION #14, Resolution Adopting SEQR Determination regarding Tivoli Fire Station Expansion, Lot Consolidation, and Local Law A (Proposed) of 2020; motion made by Trustee Schneider, seconded by Deputy Mayor Majer; all in favor.


RESOLUTION #15; Authorize Adoption of Local Law to Rezone a Portion on a Municipal Lot from R-15,000 District to General Business (GB) District, to Permit “Cultural Facilities” in the GB and R-15,000 Districts for Parcels with Frontage on Broadway, and to add “Municipal Use” as a Principal Use in All Zoning Districts; motion made by Deputy Mayor Majer, seconded by Trustee Ezrati; all in favor.


RESOLUTION #16; Determining application of Village Zoning laws to proposed firehouse expansion project; motion made by Trustee Ezrati, seconded by Trustee Schneider; all in favor.


Motion was made by Trustee Schneider to modify Village Clerk’s Office hours from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM due to COVID-19, seconded by Deputy Mayor Majer; all in favor.  These hours will begin Thursday, March 19, 2020.


A motion was made by Trustee Ezrati, seconded by Deputy Mayor Majer; all in favor; to set a special meeting for Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 7:00 PM on the tentative budget.


Trustee Reports:



Trustee Ezrati


Trustee Ezrati spoke about Penflex and the LOSAP program for the fire department.



Trustee Schneider


Court Report:  Trustee Schneider read the contents of the report which was provided by Court Clerk McGarry; $2,917.00 was remitted to the Office of the State Comptroller.



Trustee Cole




Deputy Mayor Majer


Now is a good time to get out there and take a walk; be mindful of ticks.  Trustee Ezrati added she has heard ducks and peepers.



Mayor Griffith


Mayor Griffith spoke of the postponement of village elections.


Also, sign-ups to receive the village information have increased.


With the corona virus, we all need to just go day by day.  One day may be different from the next.  They are doing their best; and the response needs to be not just local.


Mayor Griffith has participated daily on conference calls with the County Executive and the Department of Behavioral Health.


Although the Village of Tivoli has consistently been viewed as a distinct and magical place, these times now are challenging; and we are a small piece in a big world.  We are a strong community.  Any actions will be announced, and there will be more news to come.



Public Comment


Tom Crisci, Sr. notified the public that there is a No Opening Burning in effect from March 16 – May 14.


He went on to mention that the department has put in for a grant; they hope to hear a result in June or July.


He would like to push toward a no open burning at all.  He can look for other laws that are in place; this law must be more stringent.


With present circumstances, firefighters will be suited differently.  No one will be put in harm’s way; without first responders’ good health, no one will be able to respond.


There must be a notice if someone is ill in a home where the department is responding.  The dispatcher will ask, even if someone is in self-quarantine.  He urged people to please notify the dispatcher and fire department personnel if someone is ill in the premises where a call is from.


Mayor Griffith hopes in the future others will look back and the fault will lie in being over-reactive, not under-reactive to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Tom Crisci, Sr. spoke of Tom Crisci, Jr. and Chief Hildenbrand, and provided his thanks to them for preparing the department and its’ members.




The TFD breakfast is postponed, however, will be rescheduled.


TFD non-essential meetings and activities are cancelled.


Pete Walsh questioned the burn ban; Tom Crisci, Sr. indicated that most people do not abide by the size of a permitted ban.  He also added that clean wood must be used.  He would like to look at the law in the future.


On a motion by Trustee Ezrati and seconded by Deputy Mayor Majer, the meeting was adjourned at 7:43 PM, all in favor.

Respectfully submitted,


Robin L. Bruno

Village Clerk