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 20, 2021
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January 20, 2021


A meeting of the Village Board of Trustees was held on January 20, 2021 at the Historic Watts DePeyster Hall, Tivoli, NY.  Mayor Griffith opened the regular meeting at 7:05 PM.


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


Absent:  Deputy Mayor Majer

Media:  PANDA TV

Others Present:  Bonnie Day and Cody Millard

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


The Clerk’s report included:

  • Sale of 579 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 Monday, February 15, 2021 in observance of President’s Day


On a motion by Trustee Cole, seconded by Trustee Ezrati, the December 16 Regular Meeting Minutes, December 9 Workshop Minutes, January 13 Workshop Minutes, June 10 Transcription and June 17 Transcription were approved, all in favor.


On a motion by Trustee Schneider, and seconded by Trustee Ezrati, the Treasurer’s Report for Abstract #8 totaling $312,808.13 was approved.   Trustee Cole moved that the bills be paid for the abstract as presented and  Trustee Schneider seconded the motion, all in favor.


Zoning Report


A Zoning Report was not discussed.


Mayor Griffith welcomed Jason Beeman, the Village’s new Deputy Building Inspector and Deputy Zoning Enforcement Officer.


Mayor Griffith summarized the agenda, explained how the public comment period typically worked, and mentioned it was Bryan Cranna who implemented the idea of public comment.  Mayor Griffith opened the meeting for public comments on agenda items only; there was no comment.




Trustee Reports:



Trustee Ezrati


Trustee Ezrati mentioned the Tivoli Solid Waste Committee has been on leave.


Trustee Ezrati spoke about the Red Hook Rotary and how they would be delivering 250 masks to the Tivoli Fire Department.  She briefly spoke about LOSAP.


Trustee Schneider


Court Report:  Trustee Schneider read the contents of the report which was provided by Court Clerk McGarry; $743.00 was remitted to the Office of the State Comptroller.


Trustee Cole


Trustee Cole offered a reminder that although vaccines are out, and being received, please remember to stay 6 feet apart, and continue to wash your hands often.


Deputy Mayor Majer


Deputy Mayor Majer provided a report to Mayor Griffith.


Mayor Griffith


Mayor Griffith mentioned there are virtual tours available for Olana and the New York State firefighter Museum; you can get a pass from the library.  Also, do check out the Book Club, Dungeons and Dragons and Tarot Club through the library.


Do check the websites and Facebook pages for our local historic sites.  The grounds at Olana are open.


Mayor Griffith offered a reminder that the snow ordinance and winter parking rules are in effect; parking permits are available at the Clerk’s Office for $25.00.


Some folks had asked, the temporary paving along Woods Road and Broadway are rough, yes, but they are intended to be such.  Final paving will take place in the spring.


Village Elections will be held on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at the Tivoli Firehouse from

12:00 PM – 9:00 PM.


Bonnie Day and Cody Millard were present and they thanked the Board for all that they do.



Public Comment


There was no public comment.


On a motion by Trustee Cole and seconded by Trustee Ezrati, the meeting was adjourned at

7:19 PM, all in favor.

Respectfully submitted,




Robin L. Bruno

Village Clerk