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 : May 18, 2022
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May 18, 2022


A meeting of the Village Board of Trustees was held on May 18, 2022 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 Baldino, Trustee Mangieri


Others Present: Christine Chale, Village Attorney


Media:  PANDA

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


The Clerk’s report included:

  • 408 Trash tags sold
  • Two payrolls were processed by Village Treasurer, Bonnie Day
    • Deputy Clerk Tyler continues to assist in the Clerk’s Office, and supports the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals at their meetings
    • The fundraiser at Santa Fe for the Tivoli Fire Department was a hit and quite a success; many thanks to all who attended and participated.


On a motion by Deputy Mayor Majer, seconded by Trustee Ezrati, the April 20 Regular Meeting Minutes were approved, all in favor.


On a motion by Trustee Baldino and seconded by Trustee Ezrati, the Treasurer’s Report for Abstract #12 totaling $74,632.58  was approved.   Trustee Mangieri moved that the bills be paid for the abstract as presented, Deputy Mayor Majer seconded the motion, all in favor.


Zoning Report


Trustee Ezrati read the Zoning Report provided by Gary Beck of Z3 Consultants.


Regular Business:


Submission of Tax Warrant; on a motion made by Trustee Ezrati, seconded by Trustee Baldino; all in favor.


RESOLUTION Approving Budget Modifications; on a motion made by Trustee Mangieri, seconded by Trustee Ezrati; all in favor.


RESOLUTION Authorizing an Addendum to Agreements for Professional Services Between the Village of Tivoli and T&B Engineering and Landscape Architecture, P.C.; on a motion made by Trustee Mangieri, seconded by Trustee Baldino; all in favor.


RESOLUTION Authorizing Phase I Stormwater Infrastructure Study; on a motion made by Trustee Mangieri, seconded by Trustee Ezrati; all in favor.


RESOLUTION Appointing Task Force Coordinators for the Climate Smart Communities Task Force; on a motion made by Deputy Mayor Majer, seconded by Trustee Baldino; all in favor.


RESOLUTION Authorizing Solicitation of Public Bids for 2022 CHIPS Project; on a motion made by Trustee Ezrati, seconded by Trustee Baldino; all in favor.


Clerk’s Office Summer Hours; on a motion made by Deputy Mayor Majer, seconded by Trustee Mangieri; all in favor.


Trustee Reports:


Trustee Ezrati


Trustee Ezrati provided some information on the LOSAP program.  Also, the Solid Waste Management Committee is assessing what percentage of residents participate in Village trash pick-up, and weighing the risk to the DPW.


Trustee Baldino


Court Report:  Trustee Baldino read the contents of the report which was provided by Court Clerk McGarry; $2,499.00 was remitted to the Office of the State Comptroller.


Trustee Mangieri


No Report.


Deputy Mayor Majer


Deputy Mayor Majer mentioned checking out the Tivoli Free Library and their upcoming events, along with the many things that are happening with Historic Red Hook, namely a Summer Concert Series.


In Tivoli Bays, ticks are already back, and be careful of the poison ivy.  A thank you to DEC for the canoe launch.


The River Sweep was a successful event.


Deputy Mayor Majer spoke of photos of Tivoli children and grand children of Tivolians as part of an oral history.




Mayor Griffith


Mayor Griffith spoke about the Red Hook Recycling Center; there is no charge anymore for the annual sticker, and check out the PILOT Program for composting.


Sesquicentennial is coming up!  Events will take place on June 17, 18, and 19.  A program which lists the activities throughout the weekend is available on the Village website, along with the Sesquicentennial Facebook page.  There are 30+ people on assorted committees for this big event!  Don’t miss the fireworks to end the event-filled weekend on Sunday evening, June 19.


As part of the Memorial Day ceremony, the Red Church will be open to the public.


Tivoli’s Clean-Up Day is being planned for this year, and will take place in August.  Details and information will be coming soon.


Tivoli’s Summer Recreation Camp will take place; sign-ups will be on June 25.  The camp will run for 2 weeks in August; August 8-12, and August 15-19; from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM daily.  More information will be provided very soon.


Public Comment


On a motion by Deputy Mayor Majer and seconded by Trustee Baldino, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 PM, all in favor.

Submitted by,


Robin L. Bruno

Village Clerk