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 : April 11, 2022
Download Minutes : Download File

Village of Tivoli

Planning Board


April 11, 2022




Mike Billeci; Chairman

Lisa Schwarzbaum

Donna Matthews



Pamela Morin 

Also Present

Michele Greig

Sonja Kostich



The meeting was opened at 7:00 in the Historic Watts de Peyster Village Hall.

Old Business

Kaatsbaan – Amended Site Plan and Special Use Permit – Public Hearing

Sonja Kostich, representing Kaatsbaan, returned to the Planning Board to continue with the application for a revised site plan and special use permit that was originally reviewed in the July 12, 2021 Planning Board Meeting.

Lisa Schwarzbaum made a motion to open the public hearing. Donna Matthews seconded the motion. All in favor. The public hearing was opened.

Mike Billeci asked the applicant if she has rethought the scope of the application for the short term. She responded that Kaatsbaan would stay with the proposed numbers (400) although the ticket sales were no where near that high. Long term (5-10 years) the maximum will apply, but not in the next few years because the staff is small and there is fundraising to do.

Mike Billeci asked if Kaatsbaan is adding additional parking. Not at this time; it remains for future planning.

Lisa Schwarzbaum asked if that parking would be approved now or later. Sonja Kostich      responded that the current amendment is for the next few years and Kaatsbaan will return to the Planning Board in the future for changed approvals.

Mike Billeci confirmed that there will be one show a day on a stage. Yes, there will only be one show per day. There was a general discussion of low ticket sales.

Mike Billeci asked about one of the conditions of approval for the original site plan, the right of way for the Tivoli Commons Trail.

Sonja Kostich  responded that she would love to make that happen but there are two concerns. One is the cost (and time required) of maintaining the trail (clearing it as it is currently overgrown), and preventing tresspassing from the trail onto the rest of Kaatsbann’s property. She stated that because performers and young students are in residence, there is a concern for their safety and privacy. She wondered about creating a boundry (fence) between the trail and the rest of the property or signage.

Michele Greig respondd that signage would be appropriate along the trail. There was a general discussion about talking with the Mayor about the clearing of the trail. Donna Matthews suggested it as a scouting project. Sonja Kostich      said that she would be happy to walk the trail when the weather improves.

Michele Greig stated that Dutchess County Planning returned their review as a ”matter of local concern”.

She proceeded to go over the conditions for the drafted conditional special use permit approval.

Sonja Kostich  had additional quesions about the trail. What hours will the trail be accessible? The special permit condition F will be revised to say that the trail will be open during daylight hours and will have signage stating to stay on the trail.

Michele Greig went over the conditions for the drafted conditional site plan approval.

Mike Billeci asked if there were any additional comments or questions. Donna Matthews asked if the Mountain Stage is located where a previous performance by Patty Smith was located. Yes.

Michele Greig stated that all of the other conditions from the original approvals are still in effect.

Lisa Schwarzbaum made a motion to close the public hearing. Donna Matthews seconded. All in favor. The public hearing was closed at 7:20.

Mike Billeci asked again about concerns. Donna Matthews responded no concerns, but she welcomes the culture.

Donna Matthews made a motion to approve the resolution granting approval for the amended Special Use Permit. Lisa Schwarzbaum seconded. All in favor. The amended Special Use Permit was approved.

Lisa Schwarzbaum made a motion to approve the resolution granting approval for the amended Site Plan. Donna Matthews seconded. All in favor. The amended Site Plan was approved.

New Business

Site Plan Review – 64 Broadway Store

The applicant did not appear for the meeting. Michele Greig stated the applicant needs to be present to review the application. She suggested that they present color samples for the exterior paint and they indicate the location of their sign on the site plan/survey provided by the applicant.

Lisa Schwarzbaum asked about requesting color samples even though the applicant stated they are repainting the existing colors. Michele Greig said that color samples are good to have on file because it might be a different beige and burgandy than the existing ones.


Minutes from March 14, 2022 were reviewed.

Donna Matthews made a motion to approve the minutes from March 14, 2022. Lisa Schwarzbaum seconded. All in favor. The minutes were approved.

Lisa Schwarzbaum made a motion to close the meeting. Donna Matthews seconded. All in favor. The meeting ended at 7:45.

Respectfully submitted,


Laura Gail Tyler

Deputy Village Clerk