Town of
Established in 1805
Town Supervisor - Brian E. Towers
Town Councilman - Jaret Welch
Town Councilman - Robert D. Wright
Town Councilman - Timothy E. Hunt
Town Councilman - William R Stuart
Tax Collector - Martha Brown
Highway Superintendent - Clay Earley Jr.
Assessor - James Abbott
Water District 1 Operator - George Paige
Building Code Enforcement Officer - Robert Klafhen
Animal Control Officer/Dog Warden - George Paige
Department Pages:


Welcome to our website! 

     Established on April 1, 1805, the Town of Wells has followed many footprints. Progress has altered its initial appearance but the town's ability to sustain despite struggles remains in step with the first footprints made. Wells continues, a wonderful community that has retained the simple pleasures and family atmosphere of small town life. The town offers this website as a means of communicating important information and events with its residents and other members of the general public.  It is constantly being updated so check back often.

"Winter is not a season, it's an occupation." Sinclair Lewis

***    The Town of Wells wishes one and all a happy, healthy and safe New Year!    **   2016 Organizational Meeting of the Wells Town Board will be held Monday, January 4, WVAC/Mealsite Bldg., 7 p.m.   **Annual Christmas Tree Burning Saturday. Jan. 9, 5 p.m. at the Wells Community Hall.   ***

Town of Wells Seasonal Ban on Parking



In accordance with Local Law 1-2005, there is no parking on either side

of any Town, County or State Road

in the Town of Wells December 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016.

Those in violation will be towed at their own expense.

Seasonal Overnight Parking Ban (HTM - 23.4 KB)  

Discover the Adirondacks

2016 Christmas Tree Burning Jan. 9
Please bring a dish to share.

Town of Wells Final Assessment Rolls

Link to the Town of Wells 2015 Final Assessment Roll:

Assessment Rolls for Hamilton County Towns

Annual Water Report 2014

     The Town of Wells 2014 Annual Water Quality Report is now available to the public. The report may be viewed by clicking Department Pages, Water Department, Documents. 

Acceptable Recycling Items - County Transfer Stations Rules and Regs

List of items that will be accepted by the Hamilton County Solid Waste Department may be viewed by cliicking the following:  

Accepted Recycling Items for 2013 (DOC - 21.0 KB)

Click on the following link to access Hamilton County Rules and Regulations for transfer stations located in Lake Pleasant and Indian Lake:

Transfer Station Rules and Regs (PDF - 1.5 MB)

State Land Classification Time Line

     The recent state acquisition of the former Finch Pruyn and other nature Conservancy lands throughout the Adirondacks has generated interest by many local officials and regional organizations. The classifcation process of these lands will unfold over the summer months and include Public Hearings.

     Timeline the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) follow to classify land:

  1. APA issues a notice to commence the land classifications and declares itself "Lead Agency".
  2. APA staff will develop a "draft SEQR" documents and classification alternatives.
  3. APA staff will review classifications alternatives with the DEC staff.
  4. APA Board will review "draft SEQR" documents and authorize staff to proceed with the Public Hearings.
  5. APA staff will schedule and conduct Public Hearings.
  6. APA staff will access Public Comments and develop final "SEQR" documents in consultation with DEC staff.
  7. Staff recommendations will be reviewed by the Agency Board.
  8. Transmittal of final Agency Board recommendations to the Governor.

     For more information describing state land classification, click here:

Cyber at the Library
January 12, 2016

     Beginning January 12, 2016, the Virginia Hosley Free Library, 1438 State Route 30, will hold an ongoing program that focuses on learning and sharing information on the various types of technology available.  Sessions will continue every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 2-3 p.m.

     Kicking off the program Thursday, January 7 is a film entitled Cyber Seniors set to be shown at 2 p.m. The movie takes an entertaining look at young volunteers teaching retirees how to use devices to communicate with family and friends, including creation of videos. Refreshments will be provided.

     Program discussions will address Personal Computers (PCs), laptops, tablets and smart phones. Subjects will include safe use of email and social media (Facebook, messaging, Twitter and texting) as well as various forms of online shopping and other productive uses of the internet.

     Taken as a whole, topics can be overwhelming so the program is structured in a way that will explore them at a comfortable pace.  Students will fill out an initial survey form so levels of existing knowledge can be determined and topics planned for in the most effective order. Small groups will then be formed consisting of various knowledge levels so those attending can learn at a desired level and speed. The program is also designed in a way that people can join as it goes; missing a session or two will not cause a problem.

     The library is equipped with Wifi access to the internet.  For hands on experience, attendees are expected to bring their own charged up portable devices.

     Both the movie and program are free but the library always appreciates donations.  For more information call 924-2220.

Town of Wells Tree Burning & Covered Dish Supper is Saturday, Jan. 9
January 09, 2016
     The Town of Wells cordially invites all residents, their families and friends to attend its Annual Christmas Tree Burning and Covered Dish Supper Saturday, January 9.  The event begins at 6 p.m.

     The town will provide meat platters, rolls, table settings and hot and cold drinks.  Participants are asked to bring a favorite dish to share. Weather permitting, fans of ice skating can try out the Wells Community Hall Pavilion rink.

     Following the buffet, bundle up and gather round a bonfire of trees for a warm ending to a fabulous holiday season.

Movie at the Library Thursday, Jan. 7
January 07, 2016

     The Virginia Hosley Free Library will present Cyber Seniors Thursday, January 7 at the library.

     Showtime will run from 2-3:30 p.m.. The film takes an entertaining look at a group of young volunteers teaching retirees how to use technological devices to communicate with family and friends.

     Refreshments will be provided. There is no cost for admission, but donations are welcome.

Wells Town Board Closeout & Organizational Meetings Scheduled
December 28, 2015

     The Annual Close-out Meeting of the Wells Town Board will be held Monday, Dec. 28, 7 p.m.  The Annual Organizational Meeting of the board will take place Monday, January 4, 2016, 7 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the WVAC/Mealsite Building, Buttermilk Hill Rd.

     Outgoing Town Clerk Mari Wilson extends a warm welcome to incoming Town Clerk Mary Ellen Stophelano and new Board Member William R. Stuart. Both are wished the very best as they take on new challenges.

Volunteers for Neigbors in Need: Wanted
December 20, 2015

     “You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson 


     The Wells Senior Mealsite is actively seeking volunteers to transport neighbors in need to and from doctor appointments. The nutrition center is also looking for people willing to deliver meals to seniors unable to attend the mealsite due to a decline in mobility or health.

     If you have the time, the energy and a means of transportation, please consider volunteering to participate in one or both of these options and help a neighbor in need.

     To sign up, or for more information, call the Wells Mealsite at 924-4066.

Did You Know...
December 14, 2015

     On Dec 23, 1936, a resolution was approved to appoint Daniel Stuart Dog Enumerator "provided that he would promise to do the work well. If he did not do this he would have to resign." He was re-appointed in 1937 and 1938.

       Excerpts are taken from Town of Wells minute books.