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 : December 16, 2020
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December 16, 2020


A meeting of the Village Board of Trustees was held on December 16, 2020 at the Historic Watts DePeyster Hall, Tivoli, NY.  Mayor Griffith opened the regular meeting at 7:04 PM.


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

Absent:  Trustee Cole

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 532 trash tags
  • Two payrolls were processed
  • Deputy Clerk continues to hold meetings for the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals; she does continue to work remotely.
  • The Village Clerk’s Office will be closed Friday, December 25, 2020 in observance of the Christmas Holiday, along with Friday, January 1, 2021 in observance of New Year’s Day


On a motion by Deputy Mayor Majer, seconded by Trustee Ezrati, the November 18 regular meeting minutes, and the June 27 Listening Session transcription were approved, all in favor.


On a motion by Trustee Ezrati, and seconded by Trustee Schneider, the Treasurer’s Report for Abstract # 7 totaling $110,574.81 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 discussed.


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


On a motion made by Trustee Schneider, seconded by Deputy Mayor Majer, the 2021 Holiday Schedule was approved; all in favor.


On a motion made by Deputy Mayor Majer, seconded by Trustee Ezrati, the 2021 Tivoli Fire Company List of Officers was accepted; all in favor.


RESOLUTION #38; Penflex LOSAP Point Earning Amendment; motion made by Trustee Schneider, seconded by Trustee Ezrati; all in favor.


On a motion made by Deputy Mayor Majer, seconded by Trustee Ezrati, the 2021 Fuel Oil, Propane and Diesel Pricing was approved; all in favor.



Trustee Reports:



Trustee Ezrati


Trustee Ezrati provided an update on the Tivoli Solid Waste Committee.  They are comparing how families in the Village handle their trash versus the businesses in the Village.  The committee is investigating how residents can potentially get rid of their yard waste, as well.   Once the committee completes this project and obtains all of the information they have set out to get, a report will be prepared and presented to the Village Board.


Many topics have been discussed from purchasing a trash truck, where to store the equipment, the idea and community effort of composting, how and where to rid of yard waste, large pieces of furniture, and also electronic waste, which now can be taken to the Red Hook Recycling Center or Staples or Best Buy.  Trustee Ezrati spoke of additional details regarding trash pickup.  Mayor Griffith mentioned the idea of private haulers picking up tree limbs, brush, etc. Which he sees as a complete need for this within the Village.  Leaves are difficult enough to get rid of, there is no room to dispose of these in the Village, and lately bagged leaves are useless to local farmers.  Trustee Exrati mentioned that this project has been unusually interesting, and Mayor Griffith thanked her and the committee for all of their hard work.


Trustee Schneider


Court Report:  Trustee Schneider read the contents of the report which was provided by Court Clerk McGarry; $1494.00 was remitted to the Office of the State Comptroller.


Trustee Schneider went on further to provide additional information about an event coming up.  In order to spread Village holiday spirit, and not germs, the driving visual titled, Winter Wonderland, is coming up.  Many residents have decorated their homes with lights, etc, and there is a map with these homes listed on it.  It is a self-guided tour and you can drive around the Village and take in all of the displays which are available.  Many have decorated, but are not on the map.  Keep your eyes and ears open for Santa and the Mayor on the Maxim fire truck.  They will be going around the village, however, are not able to hand out candy canes this year.  You are able, however, to go out on your lawn and wave as they go by, and share in this holiday initiative.  Thank you to Laura Gail Tyler and the Tivoli Free Library for this charming event.


Deputy Mayor Majer


Deputy Mayor Majer spoke about the Tivoli Free Library and how they are knocking programs out of the park.  Definitely check the library’s website for upcoming activities, and participate in the winter wonderland.


Clermont and Historic Red Hook have online activities presently, and the Elmendorph Green has a tree set up and they are accepting time capsules as ornaments; you can hang it on the tree, and these capsules will be archived when the tree is taken down.


Deputy Mayor Majer spoke briefly about the Hammersley Barn in Tivoli Bays, and its dwindling existence.


Please keep in mind it is still hunting season.  If you are out in the Bays, be mindful and please wear orange.    Also, be careful with the snow that is coming, the one good thing about the snow is that there should not be any ticks.


After Friday, December 18, Montgomery Place will be open to the public.  There will be sledding areas; do wear snowsuits and masks.



Mayor Griffith


Mayor Griffith mentioned the Climate Smart Community Grant, and the Village’s Bronze Status.  Just 50 communities have this Bronze Certification.  This grant will provide $8,000.00 in materials in order to assess where we stand in relation to being climate smart.  He also mentioned the composting grant, and the CFA Program.


Mayor Griffith thanked the Department of Public Works for their efforts in decorating Village Hall with wreaths, the courtyard and gazebo with so many lights, as well as the bridge with bows and solar lights.


He provided a reminder that a winter storm is coming, and those who wish to use the municipal parking lots will be required to purchase and have visible in their cars, a parking permit.  These are available in the Village Clerk’s Office.


Also, the west side residents of the Village will experience water service interruption again soon.  Residents of the condos, Provoost Park, and those on Elizabeth Drive and Woods Road will be affected.  This interruption will be to drain the main and to connect all to the new water main.  Broadway will be next; and he thanked all residents for their patience and cooperation.


Deputy Mayor Majer said to Mayor Griffith that it was good to have him back.


Mayor Griffith added that as many know he lost his mother unexpectedly not long ago.  He missed everyone, and is so very appreciative of the support from so many.  He feels this level of support breeds life, and he thanks everyone for their compassion.







Public Comment


There was no public comment.


On a motion by Deputy Mayor Majer and seconded by Trustee Ezrati, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM, all in favor.

Respectfully submitted,




Robin L. Bruno

Village Clerk