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 27, 2012
Download Minutes : Download File

CALL TO ORDER / DETERMINATION OF QUORUM

The meeting, held at the Historic Watts dePeyster Hall, was opened at 7:12 pm and a quorum was determined to be present for the conduct of business.

ZBA Attendees:

  • Chair Laura Gail Tyler
  • Karen Cleaveland
  • Bob Zises

Also present:

  • Trustee Susan Ezrati
  • Bessina Harrar (applicant)

Absent:

  • Bob Juliano

The first item of business was to approve the draft minutes from the January 23, 2012 meeting. Under NEW BUSINESS, the first line in the 3rd paragraph was removed. In the 4th paragraph, second sentence, the work building was changed to dwelling. In the 5th paragraph, the word wide was added after 36.4 feet. Karen Cleaveland moved to approve the minutes as amended, Bob Zises seconded, all in favor. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS

23 Broadway – Area Variance: The Board reviewed the new application. Ms. Harrar explained that her map was changed to show that the width of the drive is 25 feet through the front and a straight line back to the property line of the house. This was per the discussion at the Planning Board workshop held on February 13, 2012 which was also attended by the ZBA and Ms. Harrar’s surveyor. The Board reviewed the new map. A discussion followed.

The Board scheduled a public hearing on March 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm. A site visit is scheduled for 6:30 pm on March 26, 2012. Ms. Harrar then left the meeting.

The next item of business was for the Board to review the draft Zoning Board of Appeals procedures. A discussion followed. Another draft copy will be typed up with the changes discussed and distributed to the Board for further review.

ADJOURNMENT

Karen Cleaveland moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:59 pm. Bob Zises seconded, all in favor. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Claire Roff, ZBA Secretary