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.

Wells Old Home Days Wacky Race follows Swim Races Friday, Aug. 7 at the Town Beach. Call 924-2128 to register. Swim races begin at noon.
Pictured: Shirley Opalka, Wells, manned the inventive little "Polish Titanic" during the 2011 Wacky Race. Responsible for creation of this groundbreaking little dinghy was husband Bob Opalka.

***   Wells Old Home Days Friday & Saturday, Aug. 7-8.  Register for Wacky Races, Enter the Pie Contest, Prepare your Float for this year's theme "The Big Screen! and purchase Pre-Sale tickets for rides! Call 924-2128 for more information on all of the happenings during this years Wells Old Home Days!   ***  

Discover the Adirondacks

Old Home Days Parade is Saturday, Aug. 8 at 1 pm.
North Point Pipe & Drum, Long Island, playing in long standing Celtic tradition was chosen Best Band in 2014. This year's Old Home Days theme is "The Big Screen."

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 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. 

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:

Bowhunter Safety Course Friday - Saturday, Aug. 21-22
August 21, 2015

     A two-day Bow Hunter Safety Course will begin Friday, August 21 at the Wells Mealsite Building, Buttermilk Hill Rd.,  from 6-8 p.m. and continue at the same location on Saturday, August 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Completion of the Bow Hunter Safety Course is required before a hunting license can be issued in New York State. The course is free.

     Attendees must be at least 11 years old.  A lunch will be served on Saturday but participants are welcome to bring their own if they prefer.

     A work study guide is available at

     To register, or for more information on the course, call (518) 924-4115. 

Preregister for WIG's Algonquin Lake Dam Run
August 09, 2015

     The Wells Improvement Group will sponsor The Algonquin Lake Dam Run on Sunday, August 9 at 9 a.m.  Cost for individuals registering after June 15 is $20.  Fees include a T-shirt.

     In order to register, two forms are required: A Registration form and an Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form. For more information contact

     Forms are available for download here by going to Community Groups, Wells Improvement Group, Documents.


Rabies Clinic Scheduled at WVAC Bldg. Aug. 9
August 09, 2015

     Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service will hold a Rabies Clinic at the Wells Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Bldg., Buttermilk Hill Rd., on Sunday, August 9th, noon to 2 p.m.

     Rabies vaccinations are administered to dogs, cats and ferrets belonging to Hamilton County residents.  Animals must be three months of age to be vaccinated.  Please bring dogs on leashes and cats/ferrets in carriers.  A $5 donation is recommended to help defray cost.

     Pets may be pre-registered in order to reduce wait time. This may be done by calling 518-648-6497.  Walk-ins will be accepted.

     Remember, New York State law requires that all dogs age four months and over be licensed.  Every dog and cat needs two rabies vaccinations one year apart and then one every three years.  Bring the pets vaccination history to receive a three year certificate. Ferrets must be vaccinated every year.

     Dog licenses are issued at the office of the Town Clerk and an updated rabies certificate is required at the time of licensing.  NYS Law dictates that all dogs over four months of age MUST be licensed in the town/city in which they are harbored. For more information on licensing your dog, call the Town Clerk at 924-7911.

Creative Characters Wanted: Register Now for the 2015 Old Home Days Wacky Race
August 07, 2015

     Children's Swim  Races and the comically bizarre Wacky Race will kick off Wells Old Home Days Friday afternoon, Aug. 7 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

Old Home Days Schedule of Events
August 07, 2015
     The 65th Annual Wells Old Home Days will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug.7-8 on the Community Hall Grounds.   The Algonquin Lake Run is scheduled for Sunday, Aug.9 at 9 a.m.

Parade Theme:  "The Big Screen"

     The Annual Wells Old Home Day Parade is Saturday, Aug.8 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 2015 Wells Old Home Days is Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7 & 8 followed by the Algonquin Lake Run Sunday morning, Aug. 9.  The Wells Improvement Group has a weekend filled with fun planned:

     FRIDAY, AUG. 7:  Noon:   Swim Races at Town Beach followed by "Wacky Races," 3 p.m.

                                   Must register for Wacky Race:  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. 8: 1 p.m., Parade. 2015 theme is "The Big Screen"

                             Cash prizes and trophies for best floats in four categories.

                              Plus, bands, fire trucks, clowns, etc.

                              For info and to register call 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 Drawings following fireworks.


      SUNDAY, AUG. 9: 9 a.m., Algonquin Lake Run, Registration fee is $20, includes T-shirt. Sign up at Old Home Days or preregister. Call 924-2128.

                                 3-4 p.m. Third Annual Ice Cream Social and Old; 4 p.m., Old Time Bluegrass Gospel Concert at The Revival, Main St. 


Prepare for Old Home Days Pie Contest
August 07, 2015

     The Wells Improvement Group (WIG) is once again sponsoring a little friendly competition between bakers Friday, Aug. 7 with the addition of a Homemade Pie Contest. This delicious event will help kick off the Annual Town of Wells Old Home Days weekend.

     Pies must be dropped off at the Wells Community Hall between 4-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7. Judging will take place at 5 p.m.

     Contest winners will be announced during the 2015 Miss Old Home Days Crowning at 7 p.m.

     So if you bake, take a break from the beach, head to the kitchen and rattle those pots and pans. Along with acknowledgment there comes a cash reward for first, second and third place winners.

     Following this event, pie lovers have a chance to sample a slice of their favorite entries. WIG will donate all pies to the Wells United Methodist Church for its annual Old Home Days Pie Sale.

Did You Know...
May 05, 2015

     On May 14, 1948 the Town Board approved that the Billiard Parlor be open on Sundays from 1 pm and close at 12:30 in the Town of Wells if permissible by the Laws of the State of New York .

                        Excerpts are taken from Town of Wells minute books.