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.

Spring is natures way of saying, "Let's party!"

***   Town of Wells Annual Fire Hydrant Flushing scheduled Monday thru Thurs., April 14-17.  Be advised some individuals may experience temporary periods of low water pressure.   ***   Easter Egg Hunt at the Virginia Hosley Free Library, Wells,  Saturday, April 19, 10:30 a.m. for children age 10 and under.    ***

Road closed


West River Rd. - Nine Mile


due to muddy conditions.

Emergency travel only

until further notice.

Discover the Adirondacks

Annual Hydrant Flushing Scheduled

                                          PUBLIC NOTICE


The Town of Wells Water District will be flushing fire hydrants 

beginning Monday, April 14th and ending Thursday, April 17th.
Be advised you may experience temporary periods of low
water pressure. Please pardon any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank You.

Town of Wells Water Department

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 2014 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 2014 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, 2014. Bids will
be opened during the Town Board meeting May 12, 2014 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.

Notice of Examination of Assessment Inventory and Valuation




(Pursuant to Section 501 of the Real Property Tax Law)

NOTICE is hereby given that assessment inventory and valuation data is available for examination and review.  This data is the information that will be used to establish assessment of each parcel that will appear on the Tentative Assessment Roll of the Town of Wells to be filed on or before 1 May, 2014. An appointment may be made to review this information by phoning 924-2781.

Dated: March 1, 2014

James C. Abbott

Sole Assessor

Town of Wells

Town of Wells 2013 Final Assessment Roll

Link to the Town of Wells Final Assessment Roll for 2013.

Assessment Rolls for Hamilton County Towns

Annual Water Report 2012

     The Town of Wells 2012 Annual Water Quality Report is now available to the public. The report may be viewed by clicking here.2012 Annual Water Quality Report (PDF - 3.8 MB)

Residential Brush Burning

REMINDER:  The state DEC bans residential brush burning from March 16 through May 14.

Algonquin Dam Pre-Hydroplant years
Photo taken during the 1970's (By Ellen Carpenter)

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 Couple Selected as Hamilton County Senior and Contributing Senior of the Year
May 22, 2014

     The Town of Wells extends heartfelt congratulations to Wells residents Lewis "Pete" and Rose Simons, selected as the 2014 Hamilton County Senior and Contributing Senior of the Year. The selection is made annually through the Warren-Hamilton County Office of the Aging.

     For over 50 years Pete and Rose have been active members of the Wells Volunteer Fire Co. and the Wells Volunteer Ambulance Corps.  The couple's dedication remains steadfast as they assist these organizations in making the Wells area a safer place to live.

     Additionally, the couple has willingly devoted time and energy in planning, organizing and assisting with numerous activities and events held in the Town of Wells over the years.

     An awards ceremony honoring the Simons' will be held at Fort William Henry in Lake George Thursday, May 22 at noon. Anyone wishing to help the couple celebrate their achievement is welcome to attend the banquet. Meal choices for the event are beef, chicken or salmon at a cost of $16.95.  Checks should be made payable to Warren County Council.

     To make a reservation, call Alice Megargle at 924-2220 or Kelly Brenan, Wells Senior Nutrition site, at 924-4066.


AARP Driver Safety Program to be held Saturday, May 16
May 16, 2014

     An AARP Driver Safety Course will be offered Friday, May 16.  The Class will be held at the Wells United Methodist Church, State Rte. 30., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..

     Instructor Ray Hatch will teach the course. It is open to drivers of all ages. Cost is $20  for AARP members and $25.00 for non-members. If applicable, please bring your AARP card with membership number for verification.

     To sign up or for more information, contact Alice Megargle at 924-2220 or Edna Reu at 924-4207 any time before the class begins.

     A sign up sheet  is also posted at the Wells Senior Nutrition Site, Buttermilk Hill Rd. 

2014 Certified Well Testing Program Scheduled
May 05, 2014

        The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will accept samples for certified water testing on the following dates:

            Monday, June 09          8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

            Monday, June 23         8:30  a.m.-12 p.m.

            Monday,  July 14          8:30  a.m.-12 p.m.

            Monday, July 28           8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

            Monday, August 11      8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

            Monday, August 25      8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

        A bacteriological water test used to determine total coliform/E coli will be done for $25.00; an E coli enumeration (beach water) test will cost $35.00.  Free salt screening is available on request.

        Additionally, Nitrate/nitrite testing  (an annual test for businesses) is available for $30.00.  Kits for all of the aforementioned tests are available at the Town Clerk Office, 1438 State Rte. 30, during regular office hours.

        Payment for test(s), by either cash or check,.is made at the time a sample is delivered to SWCD.

        For more information, contact SWCD by calling 518-548-3991 or emailing  The department is located at 102 County View Drive, Lake Pleasant.

Movie Night at the Library is Monday, April 28
April 28, 2014

     The Virginia Hosley Free Library will sponsor Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom  Monday, April 28 at the library. The film begins at 6:30 p.m. and is rated PG-13.

     This intensely emotional and stirring drama recollects the extraordinary journey--early life, education, marriage and the 27 years in prison--Nelson Mandela took before becoming South Africa's first democratically elected President.  As President he worked tirelessly to rebuild his country's once segregated society.

     Complimentary popcorn and soda will be served and there is no cost for admission. Donations are welcome  For more information, call 924-2220.

Library Presents Lost Radio Rounders Sunday, April 27
April 27, 2014

     Friends of the Virginia Hosley Free Library will feature Lost Radio Rounders: The Life and Times of Stephen Foster Sunday, April 27th at the Wells Community Hall from 2-4 p.m.

     Lost Radio Rounders consist of acoustic duo Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck. During this musical/historical program they will not only present Foster's music and life story but also many other American songs created and sung in his time.

     The event is free but donations are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.  For more information call 924-2220.

     This program is made possible through funding provided by the NYS Council on the Arts distributed by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Blue Mt. Lake as well as local businesses Alicia Miller Real Estate, G.A. BOVE, J&R Eldridge, Mountain Memories, Stewart's Shops and NBT Bank.

Hydrants will be flushed April 14-17
April 14, 2014

     Town of Wells Water District 1 will flush fire hydrants beginning Monday, April 14 and ending Thursday, April 17. 

     Flushing is necessary to test hydrants to ensure adequate flow and pressure is available. It is also done to remove sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in distribution pipes.

     Residents are advised that temporary periods of low water pressure may be experienced during the process. Please pardon any inconvenience this may cause.