Town of
Established in 1805
Town Supervisor - Brian E. Towers
Town Councilman - Deborah Taylor
Town Councilman - Jaret Welch
Town Councilman - Robert D. Wright
Town Councilman - Timothy E. Hunt
Town Clerk - Mari Wilson
Tax Collector - Martha Brown
Highway Superintendent - Clay Earley Jr.
Assessor - James Abbott
Water District 1 Operator - George Paige
Building Code Enforcement Officer - Jeanne Bramer
Animal Control Officer/Dog Warden - George Paige

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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.

"Mosquito is out, it's the end of the day; she's humming and hunting her evening away. Who knows why such hunger arrives on such wings; I guess it's quite simply the nature of things." N. M. Boedecker, Midsummer Night Itch

***   The Revival Hall, former Historical Baptist Church, State Rte. 30, will host "An Evening of Cole Porter" Sunday, July 27 at 7 p.m.  A $10 donation includes refreshments. Call 924-2041 for more information.  ***   

Road closed


West River Rd. - Nine Mile


Edges are soft, however, so

proceed with caution.


Discover the Adirondacks

Garage Sale Map

Town of Wells Assessment Rolls

Link to the Town of Wells 2014 Final Assessment Roll completed July 1, 2014.

Assessment Rolls for Hamilton County Towns

Annual Water Report 2013

     The Town of Wells 2013 Annual Water Quality Report is now available to the public. The report may be viewed by clicking Department Pages, Water Department, Documents. 

Turkey Talk
Rounding up this brood for breakfast is not an easy task for mother turkey.

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:

Old Home Days Schedule of Events
August 01, 2014
     The 64th Annual Wells Old Home Days will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug.1-2 on the Community Hall Grounds.   Additional Family Fun is scheduled on Sunday, Aug. 3.

Parade Theme:  "A Journey Through the Decades"

     The Annual Wells Old Home Day Parade is Saturday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. Cash prizes for float winners.

      To register, call Maggie at 924-2128


     Want a booth during Old Home Days?  Contact


     The 2014 Wells Old Home Days is Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 & 2 followed by the Alicia Miller Lake Run Sunday morning, Aug. 3.  The Wells Improvement Group has a weekend filled with fun planned:

     FRIDAY, AUG. 1:  Noon:   Swim Races at Town Beach followed by "Wacky Races," 3 p.m.

                                            For more information contact

                                 4-9 p.m.: Crafts, Antiques, Exhibits inside the Community Hall

                                 4 p.m.,  Pie Baking Contest Entries Deadline, cash prizes. 

                                 5 p.m.:  Pie Judging--winners will be announced during

                                              Miss Old Home Days Crowning

                                 6:30 p.m.: Live Entertainment prior to Crowning

                                 4-9 p.m.:  Exhibits inside the Community Hall

                                 4-11 p.m.: Rides, Bingo, Games, Food, Exhibits, loads of family fun

                                 5 p.m.: Pie Judging--winners will be announced during

                                                       Miss Old Home Days Crowning

                                 7 p.m.: Crowning of Miss Old Home Days followed by Bingo

                                 8-11 p.m.:  Dancing to Cleen Street.


     SATURDAY, AUG. 2: 1 p.m., Parade.  The 2014 theme is "A Journey Through the Decades."

                                           Cash prizes and trophies for best floats in four categories.

                                           Plus, bands, fire trucks, clowns, etc.

                                           For info call Maggie, 924-2128                                 

                                 Following Parade, Rides, Games, Food Exhibits,

                                           loads of Family Fun!

                                    7-11 p.m.,  Bingo

                                    8 p.m.-Midnight,  Dancing to Third Rael

                                    10 p.m.,  Fireworks over Lake Algonquin

                                    11 p.m., Assorted Raffle Drawings


      SUNDAY, AUG. 3:     2-3:30 p.m.: Ice Cream Social, Historical Wells Baptist Church, Main St.

                                                     $3 donation includes Ice Cream!

                                     4 p.m.-?:  Bluegrass/Old Time Gospel Music by Revival at Historical Wells Baptist Church

Creative Characters Wanted: Register Now for the 2014 Old Home Days Wacky Race
August 01, 2014

     Children's Swim  Races and the comically bizarre Wacky Race will kick off Wells Old Home Days Friday afternoon, Aug. 1 at the Wells Town Beach. 

     Youngsters of all ages may participate in the swimming races, but entrants in the Wacky Race must be at least 18 years of age. 

     And now is the time to begin planning your zany dream floating machine. 

     Remember, racers may compete in anything that will float as long as it is NOT any form of boat, raft, canoe, yacht, cruise ship, etc. The number of participants in each float is limited to one or two individuals and absolutely no motors or actual oars may be used.

     In a nut shell, create something outlandish, eccentric, erratic or unpredictable that moves above water and you will have designed the perfect vehicle to propel.

     The wacky competition is sponsored by the Wells Improvement Group. Pre-registration is required. Participants must also sign release forms prior to the event. For more information or to register call Maggie Welch at 924-2128 or email her at

An Evening of Cole Porter
July 27, 2014

     An Evening Of Cole Porter, "It's Delightful, It's Delicious, It's De'Lovely", will be presented Sunday, July 27  at the Old Historical Baptist Church, Main St. Wells. It will begin at 7 p.m.

     The structure, erected in 1845, is a Town of Wells treasured landmark listed on the National Historical Register.  It was recently renamed "The Revival Hall" and has plans for several exciting events.   

     An Evening Of Cole Porter will feature pianist/composer Malcolm Kogut and vocalists Chris Cucinella and Lauren Roberts of "Upswing Duo". This trio will bring to life the best of Porter's music from Broadway hits and movies.

     A $10.00 donation toward covering cost of the event includes refreshments.  For more information call 924-2041.

Summer Youth Program Downloads
July 04, 2014

Applicable Town of Wells Summer Youth Program forms are available under web page category YOUTH PROGRAM.

2014 Certified Well Testing Program Scheduled
June 09, 2014

        The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will accept samples for certified water testing on the following dates:

            Monday, June 09          8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

            Monday, June 23         8:30  a.m.-12 p.m.

            Monday,  July 14          8:30  a.m.-12 p.m.

            Monday, July 28           8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

            Monday, August 11      8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

            Monday, August 25      8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

        A bacteriological water test used to determine total coliform/E coli will be done for $25.00; an E coli enumeration (beach water) test will cost $35.00.  Free salt screening is available on request.

        Additionally, Nitrate/nitrite testing  (an annual test for businesses) is available for $30.00.  Kits for all of the aforementioned tests are available at the Town Clerk Office, 1438 State Rte. 30, during regular office hours.

        Payment for test(s), by either cash or check,.is made at the time a sample is delivered to SWCD.

        For more information, contact SWCD by calling 518-548-3991 or emailing  The department is located at 102 County View Drive, Lake Pleasant.

Did You Know....
June 06, 2014

      On June 13, 1988, Caution Water May Rise Suddenly signs were erected below the dam and at the state parking area.

                               (Excerpts are taken from the minutes of Town of Wells record books.)