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 15, 2021
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December 15, 2021


A meeting of the Village Board of Trustees was held on December 15, 2021 at the Historic Watts DePeyster Hall, Tivoli, NY.  Mayor Griffith opened the regular meeting at 7:06 PM.


Present: Mayor Griffith, Trustee Ezrati, Trustee Baldino, Trustee Mangieri


Absent:            Deputy Mayor Majer


Others Present: Christine Chale, Counsel


Media:  PANDA TV

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


The Clerk’s report included:

  • 584 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
  • The Clerk’s Office will be closed on Friday, December 24, 2021 in observance of the Christmas Holiday


On a motion by Trustee Baldino, seconded by Trustee Ezrati, the November 17 Regular Meeting Minutes were approved, all in favor.


On a motion by Trustee Ezrati, and seconded by Trustee Mangieri, the Treasurer’s Report for Abstract #7 totaling $75,258.14  was approved.   Trustee Mangieri moved that the bills be paid for the abstract as presented, Trustee Baldino 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.


Mayor Griffith reminded residents that winter is here, and sidewalks must be clear following snowfall within 24 hours.


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.



Regular Business


Acknowledgement of Receipt and Acceptance of Village Court Audit; motion made by Trustee Baldino, seconded by Trustee Mangieri; all in favor.


RESOLUTION Authorizing the Execution of an Agreement Between the Village of Tivoli and Monumental Hudson Widow’s Son No. 7, F. A.&A.M. Inc. for the Lease of Certain Real Property for a Parking Area; on a motion made by Trustee Ezrati, seconded by Trustee Baldino; all in favor.


RESOLUTION Creating the Climate Smart Communities Task Force; motion made by Trustee Mangieri, seconded by Trustee Ezrati; all in favor.


ACCEPT Tivoli Fire Company 2022 Officers; motion made by Trustee Ezrati, seconded by Trustee Baldino; all in favor.


APPROVE 2022 Holiday Schedule; motion made by Trustee Baldino, seconded by Trustee Mangieri; all in favor.


ACCEPT Fuel Oil, Diesel and Propane Pricing for 2022; motion made by Trustee Ezrati seconded by Trustee Mangieri; all in favor.


Trustee Reports:


Trustee Ezrati


No Report


Trustee Baldino


Court Report:  Trustee Baldino read the contents of the report which was provided by Court Clerk McGarry; $999.00 was remitted to the Office of the State Comptroller.


Trustee Mangieri


No Report


Deputy Mayor Majer


Mayor Griffith provided a short report for Deputy Mayor Majer in her absence.  He mentioned checking out the Tivoli Free Library, as well as Clermont Site.  He added, be aware of not only ticks, but also bears, in Tivoli Bays.





Mayor Griffith


The shoreline stabilization project is complete.  This project will protect and secure 600 feet of the parcel on the waterfront.  This is a DEC approved design, and required; what is present now as a part of the project will branch out and grow in the spring.


Mayor Griffith thanked DPW for putting up the lights and holiday decorations.


Winterfest has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 18, however, it will be based on the weather.  Presently, rain is in the forecast once again.


Please do remember that the winter parking ordinance is now in effect.


A big thank you to Bard College for their donation matching of up to $250,000.00 for the firehouse expansion project.  Mayor Griffith thanked President Botstein and his staff for this generous donation.


Also, coming up is the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of Tivoli.  Tivoli was incorporated in 1872, and there is a big celebration committee that has been formed.  We are not sure what the celebration will be at this point, however, the Village of Tivoli will certainly get the birthday party it deserves.  Trish Tieger will be heading the committee and the celebration.  Trish’s late husband, Bernie, was the head of the committee which held a large celebration in 1972 for the 100-year anniversary.  Do look for information about the celebration which will be held, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 17, 18, and 19, 2022!


Public Comment


Mayor Griffith wished everyone safe and Happy Holidays, and a successful new year.


On a motion by Trustee Mangieri and seconded by Trustee Baldino, the meeting was adjourned at 7:33 PM, all in favor.

Respectfully submitted,



Robin L. Bruno

Village Clerk