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.

We Will Never Forget
Times of impact: 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m. Time the burning towers stood: 56 minutes and 102 minutes. Time they took to fall: 12 seconds. 2819 dead from 115 different nations; 343 Firemen/paramedics; 23 NYPD; 37 Port Authority Officers; and 3 New York State Court Officers.

***  Town of Wells Annual Picnic Saturday, Sept. 20th, noon to 5 p.m. at the Community Hall Pavilion. Bring some hotdogs and a dish to share.   Friends, food, live music, prizes and bingo.  ***      

Discover the Adirondacks

Annual Picnic is Saturday, Sept. 20

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:

Flu Clinic Scheduled Sept. 26
September 26, 2014

     The Wells Volunteer Ambulance Corps will hold a Flu Clinic Friday, Sept. 26 from 3-5 p.m. at the WVAC Bldg., Buttermilk Hill Rd., Wells.

     Cost is $25 per person. Walk-ins will be accepted but appointments are encouraged if an individual is on Medicare or Medicaid. 

Annual Town Picnic is Saturday, Sept. 20
September 20, 2014

     Wells residents, their families and friends are cordially invited to attend the Annual Town of Wells Picnic Saturday, Sept. 20. The event will be held, rain or shine, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Community Hall Pavilion.

     Once again the Picnic promises great food, music, games, free bingo and plenty of door prizes generously donated by local and area businesses. 

     Anyone who would like to donate boxed food item(s), cleaning supplies and/or personal items to the Wells Food Pantry is welcome to do so . Run solely by volunteers, the Food Pantry is entirely dependent on donations in order to supply local families and individuals in need with assistance.

     So grab some hot dogs, prepare a favorite dish to share and join the Town of Wells for its Annual Picnic.  Beverages, rolls, table settings and courteous service will be provided by the town.

Did You Know....
August 06, 2014

     On Aug. 16, 1886, a proposal was accepted to build a new pier under the covered bridge at Wells Centre from Nelson Buyce for $240, the lowest bid. and for an abutment (Black Bridge over West River): from James Weaver, $240.

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

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

Wells Food Pantry Hours
November 12, 2013

     The Wells Food Pantry is now open on Thursdays only from 9-11 a.m. Please be advised the Pantry no longer accepts donations of used clothing.