Due to the rain forecast for our original date, WINTERFEST has been moved to 12/10.

2:00PM Keep your eyes peeled for Santa, who will be touring the village with help from the Tivoli Fire Department.

3:30PM @ the Firehouse, Kids crafts and cookie decorating.
Come for hot chili, hot dogs, and hot beverages.

4:45PM @ the Firehouse, Holiday Light-up.

5:00PM-7:00PM Horse drawn wagon rides on Broadway & Merchant and Artists open houses.


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 : 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