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 : January 19, 2022
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January 19, 2022


A meeting of the Village Board of Trustees was held on January 19, 2022 at the Historic Watts DePeyster Hall, Tivoli, NY.  Mayor Griffith opened the regular meeting at 7:06 PM.


Present: Mayor Griffith, Deputy Mayor Majer, Trustee Ezrati


Absent:  Trustee Baldino, Trustee Mangieri


Others Present: None


Media:  None

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


The Clerk’s report included:

  • 527 Trash tags sold
  • Two payrolls were processed by Village Treasurer, Bonnie Day
  • Deputy Clerk Tyler continues to support the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals at their meetings


On a motion by Deputy Mayor Majer, seconded by Trustee Ezrati, the December 15 Regular Meeting Minutes were approved, all in favor.


On a motion by Trustee Ezrati, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Majer, the Treasurer’s Report for Abstract #8 totaling $995,293.83  was approved.   Deputy Mayor Majer moved that the bills be paid for the abstract as presented, Trustee Ezrati seconded the motion, all in favor.


Zoning Report


Trustee Ezrati read the Zoning Report provided by Gary Beck of Z3 Consultants.  Much going on, and Gary and his colleagues have been very busy.



Regular Business


Trustee Reports:


Trustee Ezrati


Trustee Ezrati provided some information on the LOSAP program, the program includes investments globally, and is doing well.


Trustee Baldino


Trustee Mangieri


No Report


Deputy Mayor Majer


Deputy Mayor Majer mentioned checking out the Tivoli Free Library.  She added, be aware of icy conditions in Tivoli Bays.  Do be careful.  Also, however, in Tivoli Bays, many owls have been seen at around dusk, along with foxes.


Enjoy this window of time when ticks are not around, and poison ivy.  Enjoy the winter, but be safe.



Mayor Griffith


Court Report:  Mayor Griffith read the contents of the report which was provided by Court Clerk McGarry; $608.00 was remitted to the Office of the State Comptroller.


Mayor Griffith reminded residents that winter is here, and sidewalks must be clear following snowfall within 24 hours; please do remember that the winter parking ordinance is now in effect; please abide by the rules for parking in the municipal lots.


Also, a reminder was provided that trash cans need to be retrieved from the street after trash has been picked up.  Tickets will be issued if more than 24 hours goes by, and trash bins are still by the street.


The ice skating rink is being put together in the park under the pavilion.  Keep an eye out for the opening date.


Coming up in February, information will be provided to residents regarding the potential paving of different areas within the Village.  This paving will be putting CHIPS funds to good use.  A layout of the paving areas will be provided at the February meeting.


Public Comment


On a motion by Trustee Ezrati and seconded by Deputy Mayor Majer, the meeting was adjourned at 7:16 PM, all in favor.

Respectfully submitted,



Robin L. Bruno

Village Clerk