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 : January 4, 2021
Download Minutes : Download File

Village of Tivoli

Zoning Board of Appeals


January 4, 2021


Present                                                                                                            Absent

Jonathan Trombly – Chair                                                 Ethan Palmer

Karen Cleaveland

Mark Bennett

Bob Zises

Also Present

Alexandr Neratoff


The meeting was held as a remote meeting due to the pandemic; it opened at 7:02.

Mayor Joel Griffith explained the procedure for an online meeting and public comment and started the live stream for the meeting.

80 Montgomery St. – Area Variance for Side Set Back for a front porch and Area Variance for Minimum Total Side Yards

Jonathan Trombly began the meeting by stating that there were a few things that need to be clarified and that likely no decision would be made at the meeting. He asked about the noticing of the public hearing. The certified mail notice had been sent and 3 out of 13 of the receipts were received. The notice was published in the Daily Freeman.

Jonathan Trombly stated that the property had not been staked for the site visit, so the applicant will stake it for board members to see the footprint of the building. He asked if board members had been by the property to view it. Bob Zises commented that he had been there, but it was hard to judge because it wasn’t staked. Mark Bennett said that he went by and he understood the property and knew the building. Alexandr Neratoff said he can stake it over the week-end. He will notify the Deputy Clerk when complete so that she can notify the board members.

Jonathan Trombly stated that the board was working to get clarification on the status of the building. It is currently listed as vacant land on the county website. He questioned the effect that might have on the status of the 2005 variance. The board will work with the village attorney to resolve those questions. The applicant is responsible for the fees associated with reviews required by the board and money will need to be put into escrow.

Alexandr Neratoff stated that he already has funds in escrow with the planning process. It seems like the reviews are redundant and he is paying for the same things multiple times. He questioned whether there is a way to consolidate that process. He also questioned how the demolition of the house, leaving the foundation in place, will negate the variance.

Jonathan Trombly stated the need to clarify the application. Is it a renovation, a new building, etc. He doesn’t want to proceed without a clear understanding of the concepts involved.

Alexandr Neratoff stated that the foundation is partially there. He didn’t ask to change the classification of the property but he did ask for the taxes to be adjusted.

Karen Cleaveland asked if he intends to build on the existing foundation that is currently on the property. Yes, that portion of the foundation is from 2004; the older portion of the foundation was a rubble foundation and will be replaced with concrete. About 50% of the house will be on the new foundation.

Karen Cleaveland made a motion to declare the application a Type II for SEQR. Mark Bennett seconded. All in favor. The application was declared to be Type II.

Mark Bennett made a motion to open the public hearing. Bob Zises seconded. All in favor. The public hearing was opened at 7:18.

Alexandr Neratoff briefly described the project. The application is to extend an existing side set back encroachment which was previously extended with a variance to the rear of the building. The original house did not have a front porch. He intends to rebuild the volume of the house that existed in 2005 with a new front porch and side entrance. 8 feet of the front porch will encroach a distance of 3’8” into the north side set back. The south side entrance which is 15’2” from the southern side property line will cause the total side yards to be less than the minimum required of 30 feet.

Jonathan Trombly asked if there were any other questions. Mark Bennett asked for clarification on the drawings of what the southern side structure is. Is it a bulkhead door? No, it is a small porch/side entrance. Bob Zises asked if the drawing of the garage included were related to the variance requested. No, they are not a part of the application; the garage is within the zoning regulations.

Karen Cleaveland made a motion to continue the public hearing until the next meeting on February 1, 2021. Bob Zises seconded. All in favor. The public hearing was continued until February 1, 2021 at 7pm.

Karen Cleaveland requested that the staking of the building be made with bright colors to be visible.

MinutesThe board reviewed the minutes from the October 5, 2020 and December 7th meetings.

Bob Zises made a motion to approve the minutes from October 5, 2020. Mark Bennett seconded. All in favor. The minutes were approved.

Karen Cleaveland made a motion to approve the minutes from December 7, 2020. Bob Zises seconded. All in favor. The minutes were approved.

Karen Cleaveland asked about the number of neighbors that the applicant had been required to notice within 200 feet of the property. It was 13 but one PO address provided was not valid and there were two listings for Kaatsbaan. She also asked if many of the names were full time residents.

Karen Cleaveland made a motion to close the meeting. Bob Zises seconded. All in favor. The meeting was closed at 7:42.

Respectfully submitted,


Laura Gail Tyler

Deputy Village Clerk