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.

Spring is Coming
"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush." Doug Larson

***  Hunter Safety Course, Wells Meal Site, Friday, April 24, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 924-4115 for more information.  ***

Mowing Bids

The Town of Wells is seeking sealed bids from qualified individuals age 18 or
older, or businesses, to perform mowing/weed-trimming services in three (3)
cemeteries for the 2015 season. Successful bidder must include cost, frequency
of mowing, outline of ability and experience. Successful contractor must supply
own equipment, fuel, safety equipment and appropriate insurance and will be
required to enter into a contract for the 2015 season. Complete specifications
are available at the Town Clerk's Office.
Sealed bids marked "Mowing Bid" will be accepted by the Town Clerk, 1438
State Rte. 30, PO Box 493, Wells, NY 12190 until noon, May 8, 2015. Bids will
be opened during the Town Board meeting May 11, 2015 at about 7:10 p.m.  In cases where two or more responsible
bidders submit identical bids as to price, the Town board may choose either of
such bidders. The Town Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

By Order of the Wells Town Board

Mari Wilson, Town Clerk


Mowing bid specifications can be seen under Departments: Town Clerk or Highway Dept. Documents.

Town Roads posted


In accordance with Vehicle & Traffic Law Article 40, S1660, ALL Town Roads have been posted until further notice.

By order of Wells Highway Supt. Clay Earley

Wells Town Board
Dated March 16, 2015

Discover the Adirondacks

Hunter Safety Course Scheduled

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. 

Clean Up Week May 4-7

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:

Benefit for Sarah and Kaleb Babcock Saturday, May 2
May 02, 2015

     "To help of the most beautiful compensations of life."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

     Family and friends of Sarah Babcock are extending an open invitation to area residents to attend a special benefit for her Saturday, May 2nd. The event will begin at 1 p.m. at the Wells Community Hall Pavilion, Rte. 30. It is designed to assist Sarah and her son Kaleb who recently lost their home and all of their belongings to fire.  Sarah is the daughter of Bill (Sherri) Babcock.

     Plans for the event include an All You Can Eat BBQ as well as Tricky Tray, a 50-50 drawing and a Basket drawing.  Cost for the special occasion is $7 a plate.

     For more information, to find out how you can help or to simply make a donation, please call (518)924-7900 or 924-4141.

Wells Alumni Basketball Game Saturday, April 25 at WCS
April 25, 2015

     The recently formed Wells Booster Club will sponsor Wells Alumni Basketball Games Saturday, April 25 at Wells Central School. A $10 donation will reserve a participant's spot on either the men or women's team.

     Dinner will kick off what promises to be an exciting and entertaining evening. The meal, consisting of chicken parmesan over angel hair pasta, rolls, soft drink and dessert, will begin being  served at 4 p.m. A donation to cover dinner and a ticket to the game is $12 per person age seven to adult and $8 for seniors; children six and under eat free.

     The women's game will start at 6 p.m. followed by the men's game at 7 p.m. Tickets are available from any member of the Wells Booster Club or by calling (518) 952-1450.

     The Wells Booster Club was created to promote athletic programs and increase community interest in same. Proceeds will be used by the Club toward scholarships for athletically inclined graduating seniors as well as toward purchase of items that would enhance WCS sports teams.

Hunter Safety Course Scheduled Friday and Saturday April 24-25
April 24, 2015

     A two-day Hunter Safety Education Course will begin Friday, April 24 at the Wells Mealsite Building, Buttermilk Hill Rd.,  from 6-9 p.m. and continue at the same location on Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Completion of the 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. Please do not bring any firearms to the class.

     A work study guide is available at

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

Wells Emergency Services Tricky Tray is Saturday April 18
April 18, 2015

     The Wells Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Wells Volunteer Fire Department will host a Tricky Tray at Wells Central School State Rte. 30 on Saturday, April 18, 6-8 p.m. Drawings will begin at 7:00 p.m.

     Cost of admission is two dollars ($2.00) and includes 10 tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased at the door.

     To donate an item to benefit Wells Emergency Services, please contact Sharon Grisenthwaite at 924-2269. All proceeds will go toward supporting these dedicated volunteer groups.

Did You Know...
April 14, 2015

     In 1864: the following Resolution passed 45-2: A resolution authorizing and directing the Supervisor to pay the sum of $700 per man for each volunteer enlisting in US Service under the Presidents call for 300,000 men.

    The number of bonds issued under the above was 10 each bearing interest at 7% payable at the end of one year from the date issued

          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.