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 : August 19, 2020
Download Minutes : Download File



August 19, 2020


A meeting of the Village Board of Trustees was held on August 19, 2020 at the Historic Watts DePeyster Hall, Tivoli, NY.  Mayor Griffith opened the regular meeting at 7:05 PM.


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


Media:  PANDA TV

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


The Clerk’s report included:

  • Sale of 546 trash tags
  • Two payrolls were processed
  • Deputy Clerk has begun holding Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeal meetings, however does continue to work remotely for the most part
  • Clean-Up Day at this point is still on hold; if plans change with the private refuse hauler, it would possible be rescheduled, it has not yet, though, at this point
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020 is Village Elections; 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Tivoli firehouse; absentee ballots are available from the Village Clerk; you can obtain one by mail if it reached the Clerk’s Office by September 8; it will be mailed out the same day; and up until Monday, September 14, 2020 a voter may come personally to the Clerk’s Office with a completed application for an absentee ballot, and one will be provided.
  • The Village Clerk’s Office will be closed, Monday, September 7, 2020 in observance of Labor Day


On a motion by Trustee Schneider, seconded by Trustee Cole, the July 8 workshop Minutes,

July 15 regular meeting minutes were approved, all in favor.


On a motion by Deputy Mayor Majer, and seconded by Trustee Cole, the Treasurer’s Report for Abstract #3 totaling $384,167.04 was approved.  Trustee Ezrati moved that the bills be paid for the abstract as presented and Deputy Mayor Majer 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 #27 ; Budget Modifications, motion made by Trustee Cole, seconded by Deputy Mayor Majer; all in favor.


Trustee Reports:



Trustee Ezrati


Trustee Ezrati spoke about Penflex and the LOSAP program for the fire department.  A resolution is upcoming for the firefighters which will allow for the accrual of points during the months that members were unable to attend meetings and trainings.


Trustee Ezrati along with John Corcoran, Phyllis Palmer and Peter Walsh have formed the Tivoli Solid Trash Committee.  They are exploring issues related to solid waste pickup by the Department of Public Works compared to that of a private hauler.  Phyllis Palmer mentioned she would miss rinsing empty containers as she feels as though there is a bit of nostalgia there.  Once they complete their comparison, they will develop a recommendation for the Village Board.



Trustee Schneider


Court Report:  Trustee Schneider read the contents of the report which was provided by Court Clerk McGarry; $368.00 was remitted to the Office of the State Comptroller.



Trustee Cole


Trustee Cole reminded folks to please clean up after their dogs while out walking throughout the Village.  And, she gave kudos to the many Tivolians that she has seen wearing masks.


Deputy Mayor Majer


Deputy Mayor Majer spoke about the Tivoli Free Library; they are now open for a limited number of hours, programming is suspended, however, definitely check the website for open times and upcoming activities.


Deputy Mayor Majer mentioned the local historic sites, and spoke of the Empire State Trail which is in Tivoli Bays; it is lovely, but be careful of ticks.


Mayor Griffith


Mayor Griffith advised that the Tree Committee will reconvene soon and will be planting 3 trees along Pine Street.  One Purple Robe Locust was lost due to a past storm.


You will see large pieces of steel at the McKnight Well Field which is where the new water tower will be set.  Mayor Griffith is planning a children’s field trip to the site while the tower is being constructed; this will be interesting for the kids to watch.


On the west side of the Village there were a couple of issues resulting in water service being interrupted.  At the corner of Lothrop and Memorial there is a valve cluster, 1 valve needed to be replaced, and water was turned off for a portion of one day; while unearthing this valve, it was discovered that within the cluster, another valve needed to be tended to, this resulted in water service being interrupted a second day.  Upon the completion of these repairs, the tank is refilling and increased pressure is returning.


Bridget Barclay provided information to the Village Board regarding the distribution pipes; bids were received and there was conversation about the water lines going along Broadway to Woods Road.


The Village Board has had non-stop communications via emailing regarding the session which took place at the end of June.  A Community Dialogue Session will be set up for the 2nd week of September where residents are encouraged to present ideas.  This will be a virtual event, and look for the information which will be out by the end of next week.


The fire siren/whistle will be coming back due to the hard work and zeal of Marc Hildenbrand, Chief of Tivoli Fire.  The electronics went on the siren about 10 years ago, and following the gathering of bids, the lowest bidder has been selected.  The return of the siren will be charming for many as this will be nostalgic for many residents.  This siren will also act as a public safety amenity as it will be set up to go off a specific number of times for a structure fire, a specified number of times for a severe weather event.  The siren will also go off at 12:00 Noon daily.


Trustee Schneider brought up Anna Marcotte’s Girl Scout Gold Project and the monument on North Road which she cleaned, and made a path with plantings for a place for people to go and see the large marble monument from the James Starr Clarke School for Girls.  A bit of history surrounding the monument was discussed including Watts de Peyster.  The school was for girls who were orphans and they were taught to be maids.  It was a lovely project, and Mayor Griffith thanked Anna and the Department of Public Works for their assistance with the big stones.  Anna created a 4 1/2 minute video regarding the school and did spectacular work on the monument.


Mayor Griffith thanked PANDA for their continuous support and wished Congratulations to Anna Marcotte and a thank you for restoring a bit of Tivoli’s history.




Public Comment



On a motion by Deputy Mayor Majer and seconded by Trustee Schneider, the meeting was adjourned at 7:34 PM, all in favor.

Respectfully submitted,




Robin L. Bruno

Village Clerk