IMPORTANT: Recap of 1/24 Sewer Forum, ANOTHER FORUM 3/1

For the many Tivolians who did not attend the important Sewer Forum held by the Village Board of Trustees on January 24th, this email will convey to you the critical information that was presented that night.

The essential points of the presentation:

Tivoli’s existing wastewater treatment plant is beyond repair and a complete replacement with a new plant is imperative.

The current plant is failing to meet the State’s requirements of our SPDES permit and Tivoli is under a consent order from the NYS DEC to start meeting the permit requirements within 30 months or face costly fines. (SPDES is State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System).

The new sewer plant and attendant upgrades to the pump station and collection system are anticipated to cost $13,400,000. Yes, $13.4 million. If more funding is not secured, these costs could result in an additional $1,000 per year per household.

To view the slideshow presented on 1/24 click the link below. The slides take one through the history of the plant, the current technology, the proposed new technology, and slide #16 shows the projected costs for the total project and for a typical household.

To watch the full video of the 1/24 presentation click here:

THERE WILL BE A SECOND SEWER PROJECT FORUM WEDNESDAY MARCH 1ST AT 6:30pm. This will repeat information from the 1/24 meeting and continue with information about the collection system (which was not covered on 1/24). ALL users of the Village Sewer System are urged to attend, especially if you missed the first forum.

The Village Board and the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority are doing and will continue to do everything possible to get this new plant in place, meet our Consent Order, and pursue the funding necessary to ease the financial burden on all users of the system.


Mayor Griffith

Meeting Date : November 9, 2020
Download Minutes : Download File

Village of Tivoli

Planning Board


November 9, 2020


Present                                                            Also Present

Mike Billeci; Chairman                                    Jennifer and Stephen White

Lisa Schwarzbaum                               Deb and Eric Benjamin

Donna Matthews


The meeting was held in the Historic Watts de Peyster Village Hall. It began at 7:00 PM.

Old Business

Feroe Avenue – Site Plan Amendment

Mike Billeci began by stating that a revised site plan had been submitted on October 28th and was reviewed. One thing that still needed to be addressed is the porch color. The code states that it should not be garrish or fluorescent.

Jennifer White said that she submitted an email stating their plans for the porch finish. Mike Billeci asked her to put it into words. Jennifer White answered “white” with potentially a brownish stained floor.

Mike Billeci recounted that the architect for the house suggested that cut sheets for the dark sky compliant light fixture could be provided to the building inspector. There is a statement on the site plan that says that the light fixtures will be dark sky compliant. Mike Billeci found that to satisfy the requirement for the site plan.

Donna Matthews commented that she went past the house and thinks that it looks great.

The board read through the resolution for approval and the conditions.

Mike Billeci stated that a note needs to be added about the color of the porch. Stephen White stated that they were not absolutely sure. Deb Benjamin suggested adding the language “historically appropriate” colors instead. The board agreed on that language. It was discussed that the note could be handwritten on all three copies of the site plan. Another condition is that three copies be provided. The applicants already provided two and a third was in hand and was left.

Lisa Schwarzbaum made a motion to adopt the Resolution for Approval of the Site Plan. Donna Matthews seconded. All in favor. The resolution was adopted and the site plan was approved.


Minutes from October 26, 2020 were reviewed.

Donna Matthews made a motion to approve the minutes from October 26, 2020. Lisa Schwarzbaum seconded. All in favor. The minutes were approved.

Mike Billeci briefly discussed policy changes for the Planning Board. He has met with the mayor and the village planner regarding the changes. They discussed reducing the meetings to once a month to allow applicants more time to respond to requests. Donna Matthews asked which day the meeting would be. Mike Billeci answered that it would likely be the fourth Monday of the month.

Donna Matthews made a motion to close the meeting. Lisa Schwarzbaum seconded. All in favor. The meeting ended at 7:25.

Respectfully submitted,


Laura Gail Tyler

Deputy Village Clerk