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.

Independence Day
"For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?" ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

***  Have a fun-filled, safe Independence Day Weekend!   ***   Wells Recycling Center CLOSED Saturday, the 4th of July.  Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, July 5, 6 & 7.   ***

Hydrant Flushing Scheduled


     Fire hydrants will be flushed

Monday through Thursday, June 29-July 2.

Be advised you may experience temporary periods of low water pressure.

Please excuse any inconvenience this may cause.


Discover the Adirondacks

Annual Town-Wide Garage Sales

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:

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.

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.


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. 


Annual Wells Town-WIde Garage Sale Weekend of July 17
July 17, 2015

    The Annual Town of Wells Community-Wide Garage Sale will be held the weekend of July 17-18.  Maps of the town with stars showing approximate locations of sales will be available at various locations. Call the Town Clerk Office, 924-7911, or email to have your location starred on the map.

     Along with many town residents who participate, Town of Wells' organizations are gearing up for the event.  Among them are the Virginia Hosley Free Library which will have a Book Sale next to the Wells Municipal Office Building, State Rte. 30, and the Wells Historical Society which will sell food and drink. 

     The Wells Improvement Group (WIG) will again offer Chicken BBQ Dinners on Saturday, July 18 from 3-5 p.m.  Location of the sale is Steve's Garage, next door to the Wells Fire House on State Rte. 30. Cost per dinner is $9.00 and includes chicken, potato, coleslaw, roll and a bottle of water. Additionally, WIG is sponsoring music by the Nightmare River Band (alt/country/rock/folk) from 5-7 p.m. at the Wells Pavilion. The organization will be selling refreshments and baked goods during this free presentation. Donations are welcome.

     Tickets for several Organization and Church drawings held during Old Home Days festivities can also be acquired in town.

     So plan a visit to the Town of Wells and browse the bargains during the town-wide Garage Sale the weekend of July 17-18..  It's a delightful way to make a good deal, and a great opportunity to check out a spot in the beautiful southern Adirondacks.

Library Will Present Tales of Big Foot Sunday, July 12
July 12, 2015

     The Virginia Hosley Free Library will sponsor Small Town Monsters' presentation Tale of Big Foot Sunday, July 12 at the Wells Community Hall. The event will begin at 2 p.m.

     Small Town Monsters consists of Seth Breedlove, Alan Megargle and Jessica Morgan, Director and Producers of the Independent Movie The Minerva (Ohio) Monster. The afternoon will include tales, discussion and a showing of this movie.

     Refreshments will be served and donations are welcome.

Town of Wells Summer Rec Program Begins Monday, July 6
July 06, 2015

     Shut down computers, ipods and cell phones and turn off the TV: registration (for those who have not yet registered) and participation in the 2015 Town of Wells Summer Youth Program kicks off Monday, July 6.  The program will be held four days a week, Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until July 30.  Children age five to 12 are welcome to attend..  

     Participants will begin each day at the Wells Community Hall Pavilion.  At the onset of the program, children will receive a list of things to bring/not to bring as well as an outline of policy relevant to the Summer Youth Program.

     On the first day of the program Monday, July 6, each child's swimming skill will be tested by a certified Water Safety Instructor. Children should attend camp with a bathing suit and towel. A child's ability to do the crawl, backstroke and back float will determine where he or she may swim on days the group goes to the beach.

    This year's program will offer lots of exciting things to do, see and learn.  Activities include sports/games, daily swimming (unless it's raining) and arts & crafts . Additionally, kids can participate in/learn from a survival day, two field trips, four hikes, theatre days and an artist presentation. Highlights of what to expect each week will be posted on Mondays; look for signs and ask about changes due to bad weather.  Questions prior to that date may be answered by emailing Program Director Corrine Hayden at or calling her at 518-742-9341.

     So, unplug the youngsters and get them out-of-doors. Without a doubt they'll find a number of splendid things to do during this year's Town of Wells Summer Youth Program.