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 : February 22, 2021
Download Minutes : Download File

Village of Tivoli

Planning Board


February 22, 2020


Present                                                            Also Present

Mike Billeci; Chairman                                    Michele Greig

Pamela Morin

Donna Matthews


The meeting was held in the Historic Watts de Peyster Village Hall. It began at 7:02 PM.

New Business

LWRP Consistency review – Tivoli Wastewater System Project 2021 Addendum

Michele Greig was present to explain the project presented for Local Waterfront Revitalization Program review. She stated that the previous review was completed in 2018. In that review, the Sewer Treatment Plant was to be repaired, now it will be replaced.

Mike Billeci asked Michele Greig to go over the Consistency Form. She stated that she didn’t believe that the Consistency Form or EAF have changed, only the description of the action. Many of the policies in the Form are not applicable. She went through the form hi-lighting some points. In reference to item 5, the project is on the same site. In reference to items 7 and 7a, the purpose of the project is to improve the water plant to improve the impact on the waterways. There has been concern about the current impact to the White Clay Kill and the fish and wildlife down in the bays. There are no impacts on the Historic and Scenic Resources or on Agricultural Lands.

Mike Billeci asked if there were any questions. Donna Matthews asked if a public hearing was required. No.

Pamela Morin made a motion to find the action consistent with the LWRP. Donna Matthews seconded. All in favor. The action was declared consistent with the LWRP.

Mike Billeci asked Michele Greig how to move forward with new policies for the Planning Board. She stated that she believed that there were changes to be made to the draft proposal that they had prepared. Once changed, the draft should be given to the Planning Board for comment before being presented to the Village Board for approval. Mike Billeci said that one issue that came up was whether to only hold one Planning Board meeting each month and asked what board members thought about this. Donna Matthews asked what the downside is. Mike Billeci said that it might slow things down for applicants. The idea is to create application guidelines that make the process more consistent with no exceptions; it will make the process less hectic. Michele Greig stated that the process needs to be followed. The BIZEO reviews the project first, determines the approvals needed, and then sends it to the Planning Board. They discussed the creation of new referral forms for the BIZEO to more easily and clearly make referrals. Mike Billeci stated the desire to also codify the role of the Village Planner by making an escrow payment a part of the initial application; there should be a fee structure that includes the fee for the planner. Michele Greig said that there could be a pre application meeting and if escrow is in hand, the project could be sent to the planner at the same time as it is sent to the Planning Board. That could expedite applications if it goes to the planner at the same time. There was some discussion about creating editable forms online.

The status of the BIZEO position was discussed. Donna Matthews asked whose responsibility it was to hire the BIZEO. Michele Greig answered the Village Board.

Mike Billeci gave the board an update about a previous site plan approved for 24 Feroe. The owners still needed to fulfill conditions of their approval, including moving the shed away from the property line, but the village agree to hold a bond for its move so that a C of O could be issued.


Minutes from November 9, 2020 were reviewed.

Donna Matthews made a motion to approve the minutes from November 9, 2020. Pamela Morin seconded. All in favor. The minutes were approved.

Donna Matthews made a motion to close the meeting. Pamela Morin seconded. All in favor. The meeting ended at 7:26.

Respectfully submitted,


Laura Gail Tyler

Deputy Village Clerk