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 26, 2021
Download Minutes : Download File

Village of Tivoli

Planning Board


April 26, 2020


Present                                                            Also Present

Mike Billeci; Chairman                                    Michele Greig

Pamela Morin                                      Matt Wright

Donna Matthews


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

New Business

10 Broadway – Subdivision

Mike Billeci began by stating that the village planner had reviewed the application. Michele Greig was present, and reviewed her memo. The application is to subdivide a 6.5 acre parcel into two parcels, creating one 2 acre parcel and one 4.5 acre parcel. The parcel to be divided is located in the R2A and the HO districts. There is an existing 2 family dwelling. The existing dwelling will remain on the smaller parcel.

Michele Greig confirmed that there was no minimum parcel size for a 2 family dwelling that would disallow the 2 acre parcel size. She confirmed that it was permissible by looking up the definition of a two family dwelling, and it counts as one dwelling.

For SEQR, it will be an unlisted action with several involved agencies including the County Dept of Public Works if a new driveway is desired, the DCWWA if there is water service at that location on Broadway, the County Dept of Health if a septic or well is needed.

It was unclear what water and sewer services are provided. the applicant is responsible for finding out. If there is no septic, Dept of Heatlth Approval will be required. If there is water service available from the DCWWA, hook-up will be required.

There are changes needed to the applicant’s short EAF.

It is a location of archeological interest, so the applicant will need to contact NYS Parks to request a sign-off letter for archeological resources.

There will be a recreation fee assessed for the new residential parcel created.

A public hearing will be required.

Matt Wright asked how to confirm whether there is water and sewer.

Mike Billeci asked Michele Greig whether a building site is required at this time and whether the PB can request one to be located on the site plan. She answered that the PB could request one.

Mike Billeci asked about how the HO district rules applied to the parcels since the first 300 feet of the parcels are located in it. Michele Greig answered that if the applicant proposes to build in the first 300 feet, the rules apply entirely, but they do not apply if not within those first 300 feet. The R2A district has a minimum front setback of 50 feet and no maximum, so the applicant cannot be forced to build in the HO portion of the parcel.

Mike Billeci asked about how that affects the goal of the HO district to orient the houses to the street and to have consistent set-backs. Michele Greig explained that the thinking was that if the building was over 300 feet from the road, it was not a part of the street scape and could be screened, but if it was closer the HO rules would orient the building to the road. The code says that the setbacks adhere to the underlying district which has no maximum front set-back.

More discussion about a harmonious streetscape ensued, and Michele Greig stated that the streetscape could be harmonious if the building was set back and screened. It would not impact the streetscape.

Mike Billeci asked the applicant about the intent for the building location. The applicant plans to build farther back on the site on a high point as the front portion of the parcel is quite wet. There is also a view north from farther back on the property. It would be a similar set back to the existing dwelling. Michele Greig asked if it was wooded. Yes. She commented that it was more expensive to run the lines farther back on the property.

Mike Billeci stated that it put the Planning Board in an awkward position to uphold the intention of the HO district if the applicant could build farther back. Michele Greig reiterated that the intent of the HO was that if the house was set far back, it would not be a part of the streetscape. Mike Billeci and Donna Matthews pointed out that it is the gateway into the village. Michele Greig again stated that the applicant was not required to build in the HO district and if the PB is concerned, they could require vegetation to be retained for screening. Pamela Morin stated that the applicant shouldn’t be required to build where it is wet because Tivoli has enough problems with drainage as it is. There was more discussion about whether the house would be visible because it was on a high point and how much vegetation the PB could require the applicant to retain for screening and how to accomplish that.

Mike Billeci asked what is included on the site plan. Michele Greig stated that a subdivision is not a site plan. If a septic is required, the DOH will require a building site be identified on the plat. Some features are on the plat. If the dwelling is located in the HO portion of the parcel, site plan approval will be required, but if not, no site plan approval from the PB is required.

Mike Billeci asked if there is no septic or well and if the applicant doesn’t build in the HO portion of the parcel, when does the PB weigh in on the vegetation and screening? Michele Greig answered that they could make it a deed restriction. She commented that if a new driveway is proposed an approximate building location will probably be indicated. There are not enough details known now.

Donna Matthews asked the applicant again about building site. Matt Wright answered that he will need to consult an engineer, but he has a preference for privacy not presentation.

Mike Billeci asked Michele Greig what the next steps are. She answered that the board can endorse the sketch and the applicant can proceed to prepare the plat.

Matt Wright asked if he should fill out a new EAF or amend the current one. Yes it can be amended.

Donna Matthews asked if a motion needed to be made to endorse the sketch. Michele Greig answered that it did not need to be formal but that there should be an agreement among the board. Mike Billeci stated that the parcels meet the requirements of zoning, so he sees no reason not to endorse the sketch. Donna Matthews and Pamela Morin agreed.


Minutes from February 22, 2021 were reviewed.

Donna Matthews made a motion to approve the minutes from February 22, 2021. 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 7:36.

Respectfully submitted,


Laura Gail Tyler

Deputy Village Clerk