Town of
Wells
 
Established in 1805
 
Officials:
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:

Introduction

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.



Thursday, December 25th


***  'Tis the season!   ***   May your days be merry and bright!!!!   ***  



Notice of Public Hearng

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that Local Law 2-2014 entitled "A Local Law to Rescind Local Law No. 1-2014, Tax Cap Override 2015 Town Budget" has been proposed by the TownBoard of the Town of Wells, County of Hamilton, State of New York. The proposed law would, in summary, allow the Town of Wells to rescind its intent to override the state's limit on the amount of real property taxes that may be levied by the Town of Wells to adopt a town budget for (a) town purposes (b) any other special or improved district governed by the Town Board for the fiscal year 2015 that requires a real property tax levy in excess of the "tax levy limit" as defined by General Municipal Law, Section 3-c. A copy of proposed Local Law No. 2-2014 is on file in the office of the Town Clerk. A Public Hearing on said Local Law 2-2014 will be held during the Close Out meeting of the Wells Town Board at the Wells Mealsite Bldg., Buttermilk Hill Rd., Wells, New York on the 29th day of December at about 7:10 p.m. and an opportunity to be heard in regard thereto will then and there be given to those favoring the proposed Local Law 2-2014, and also to those opposed thereto.

By Order of the Wells Town Board

Mari Wilson

Town Clerk

Dated: Dec. 8, 2014

 



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 http://albany.wheelsforwishes.org/



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. 



Do You See What I See...

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: http://apa.ny.gov/stateland/definitions.htm



 
News:
Did You Know...
December 02, 2014
On December 16, 1940, the Town board appointed to a one year term (expiring Dec. 31, 1941) Tom Ryan as Town Constable. On December 28, 1942, a resolution passed to pay Town Officials monthly.

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

Wells Food Pantry Hours Will Change to Every Tuesday
November 11, 2014

     Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 11, the Wells Food Pantry will be open on Tuesdays only from 9-11 a.m. During open hours food is distributed and donations/contributions may be dropped off. Please be advised the Pantry no longer accepts donations of used clothing.

     For further information, or to schedule a time to visit the Wells Food Pantry other than during regular hours, call either 924-2269 or the Wells Meal Site, 924-4066.

Leftover Deer Management Permits Available 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.

Wheels For Wishes: Help Make a Child's Dream Come True
October 27, 2014

     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 http://albany.wheelsforwishes.org/

2014-15 Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Licenses Available
August 04, 2014

     The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)  2014-15 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) are now on sale and  may be purchased at the Wells Town Clerk Office, 1438 State Rte. 30. Office hours are Tuesday & Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Wednesday, 6-9 p.m.  New licenses are now valid from Sept. 1, 2014 through Aug. 31, 2015. DMP's are available until Oct. 1, 2014.  Any left over DMP's (doe permits) will be available on a first come first serve basis beginning  Nov. 1, 2014.

     Hunting and trapping Regulation Guides are available; new fishing guides will not be available until spring and rules and regulations from the 2013-14 guides remain in effect until that time.

     Customers who have not obtained a license through DECALS previously should bring proof of residency information (driver's license number or non-driver's ID number with a valid NYS address to qualify for a resident license). Hunting license purchases require individuals to provide proof of hunting education certification and/or Bowhunting certification or a copy of a previous license unless this information is already contained in their DECALS file.

     Please be aware there are no longer any "bundled" annual licenses (such as Sportsman, Super Sportsman or Trapper Super Sportsman). Both, resident and non-resident licenses are the same (except for the fee). With a few exceptions, prices for licenses, privileges, stamps, and permits have been adjusted as to not surpass any previous bundled fee.

 

Direct Homeownership Assistance Funding Available to Hamilton County Residents
February 12, 2014

     Hamilton County Direct Homeownership Project, serviced by the Housing Assistance Program of Essex Co., Inc., has funding available to assist at least four households with the purchase of a home. Funding is being provided by a Direct Homeownership Assistance Project through St. Lawrence County.

     Funds available to eligible Hamilton County residents may be spent for principle reduction, closing costs and repairs. The purpose is to make homes affordable and may include rehabilitation in order to improve building code issues, weatherization and energy efficiency issues as well as a stable structure.

     There are currently no applicants and no waiting list. For more information, to determine eligibility or to obtain an application, call HUD-certified housing counselor Penny Daniels at 518-873-6888 Monday through Wednesday, or 518-565-4456 Thursday and Friday. She may also be contacted by email at penny@hapec.org