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

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.

Trick or Treat Thursday, Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m.
When witches go riding and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, "'Tis near Halloween." Author unknown

***  Trick or Treat Night in the Town of Wells Thursday, Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m.   ***   VOTE! General Election Tues., Nov. 4, Wells Community Hall, 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.   ***      

Discover the Adirondacks


Wheels for Wishes: During the Giving Season, Help Make a Child's Dream Come True

     Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York. The program offers a free and easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child.  The non-profit group will pick-up or tow away cars free of charge, anywhere in New York, whether they run or not. Vehicles are either recycled or auctioned off and 100% of the net proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Northeast New York.

     Because it is a tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, participants also receive the maximum possible tax deduction for your charity vehicle donation. To contact Wheels for Wishes, simply use

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. 

The Buck Stopped Here

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:

Wells Improvement Group Seeking Tricky Tray Donations
November 29, 2014

     Wells Improvement Group is currently seeking donations for its Annual Tricky Tray event. Tricky Tray has long been part of the Town of Wells Christmas Tree Lighting/Craft Fair/Book Sale scheduled this year for Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Community Hall.

     Anyone interested in donating items may contact Maggie Welch at 924-2128 or via email at

"Bride and Groom" Will Perform at The Revival Saturday, Nov.8
November 08, 2014

     As part of their "Born to Roam" tour, Indie Folk Duo Bride and Groom will perform live at The Revival Saturday, Nov. 8 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

     Based out of Montreal, Quebec, Bride and Groom consist of guitar playing singer-songwriter Jessie Daniel Smith and cellist/vocalist Kaitlyn Raitz. When the two first crossed paths, it was apparent the music they created was special and unique. Their synergy together has grown stronger over time and the release of their first album ( has raised the ears of the music world.

     Located on Main St., Wells, The Revival is the former Wells Historical Baptist Church. A $9 donation plus a can of soup for the Wells Food Pantry reserves a spot for the concert. Wedding cake and sparkly toast will follow.

     To make a reservation, or for more information, call 924-2041 or email 

General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 4
November 04, 2014

    Don't forget to vote. General Election Day is Tuesday, November 4. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wells Community Hall.

    Several important races are to be determined including US Congressional Representative for the 23rd District which includes the Town of Wells; New York State Governor,  NYS Senator, 45th District and Assemblyman, 118th District all of which affect the Town of Wells

     Also on the 2014 General Ballot are three proposed propositions:

Proposal 1: Would create a commission of primarily legislative members to determine redistricting when needed; critics claim this would usurp an independent, non-partisan process that the majority, including Governor Cuomo, initially supported. It should be noted that the Governor reneged on his support of an independent commission during the recent redistricting process..

Proposal 2: Would amend the constitution to allow bills to be distributed to Senators in electronic form accessible by computer.  Some say this would save on paper; critics claim bills should continue to be distributed in hard copy to avoid technical difficulties in receiving them on time.

Proposal 3: Would allow the state to borrow up to $2 billion dollars to modernize schools technology and build new pre-k classrooms. Critics claim hardware and devices would be obsolete long before the debt is paid off; they further note it would bring the state close to its debt ceiling at a time when roads need repair and transportation needs funding.

Leftover Deer Management Permits Avaialble November 1st
November 01, 2014

     The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced left over Deer Management Permits (DMP's or doe Permits) will be available on a first come, first serve basis beginning Saturday, Nov. 1. 

     Leftover DMP's will NOT be available by phone, mail or via the internet. Applicants who previously paid the $10.00 application fee or those that are exempt from the application fee will not be charged for this additional application. Applications for leftover DMPS will be accepted for the following WMU's: 
        1C, 3M, 3R, 3S (bowhunting-only), 7F, 7H, 7J, 8A, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8N, 8R, 9A, 9F and 9 G.

      The Town Clerk Office will be open Saturday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m to noon.

Memo to All Little Ghosts and Goblins in the Town of Wells
October 30, 2014

(and to those who plan to serve them):

     Trick or Treat night in the Town of Wells is Thursday, Oct. 30th from 6-8 p.m. Be safe, be considerate and have fun!

Wells Seniors Halloween Party Oct. 29
October 29, 2014

     The Wells Seniors "Halloween Party" will be held at the Wells Mealsite Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. 

Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share.

     Costumes are optional, but prizes will be attainable to those who choose to wear one. All Seniors are invited to attend.

     For more information, call Dolores at 924-7311.