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.

A Pretty Special Duo
(L-r)Sierra Mauro, Wells was crowned Miss Old Home Days 2015 Friday, Aug. 7. Both she and runner-up Sheyenne Beach, Wells, provided a lovely beginning in the Old Home Days Parade held Saturday, Aug. 8.

***   Don't forget to vote:  Primary Election Day is THURSDAY, Sept. 10, noon to 9 p.m. at the Wells Community Hall.  ***   Two day Hunter Education Course, Wells Community Hall Friday, Sept. 11, 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 12, 8 a.m-5 p.m. For more info call 924-4115.   *** 

Notice of Closed Meeting


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that The Wells Town Board will hold a Special CLOSED meeting Monday, August 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Municipal Office Building, State Rte. 30.

Purpose of the meeting is to interview three applicants for the position of Building Code Enforcement Officer in the Town of Wells. Interviews entail personal and employment information of particular persons relating to this appointment. Closed sessions are not open to the Public.


Notice of Bond Resolution


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the resolution a summary of which is published herewith has been adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Wells, Hamilton County, New York on the 10th day of August, 2015, and the validity of the obligations authorized by such resolution may be hereafter contested only if such obligations were authorized for an object or purpose for which the Town of Wells is not authorized to expend money, or the provisions of law which should have been complied with as of the date of publication of this notice were not substantially complied with, and an action, suit or proceeding contesting such validity is commenced within twenty (20) days after the date of publication of this notice, or such obligations were authorized in violation of the provisions of the Constitution of New York.

By Order of the Wells Town Board

Mari Wilson

Wells Town Clerk


Object or Purpose: the purchase of a 2016 Life Line Superliner Type III ambulance at an estimated maximum cost of $208,365.

Period of Probable Usefulness: ten (10) years 

Amount of Obligations to be Issued: not to exceed $100,000. The balance of the cost of said purpose shall be paid as follows: $39,000 from the Town's existing capital reserve fund for the replacement of Town vehicles; and $69,365 from the Wells Volunteer Ambulance Corps. 

A complete copy of the bond resolution summarized above is available for public inspection during normal business hours at the office of the Town Clerk, located at the Town Office in the Town of Wells, New York.

Dated: August 10, 2015

Mari Wilson, Town Clerk

Notice of Resoluton Subject to Permissive Referendum



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at a regular meeting held on the 10th day of August, 2015, the Town Board of the Town of Wells, Hamilton County, New York duly adopted a resolution, an abstract of which follows, which resolution is subject to a permissive referendum pursuant to subdivision 8 of Section 6-c of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York.

Said resolution authorizes the sum of $39,000 to be withdrawn from said Town's existing capital reserve fund for the replacement of Town vehicles and used to pay a portion of the cost of the purchase of a 2016 Life Line Superliner Type III ambulance.

By Order of the Wells Town Board

Mari Wilson, Town Clerk

Dated: March 9, 2015

Discover the Adirondacks

Primary Election is Thursday, Sept. 10

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. 

Hunter Safety Course

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:

Register on Line for Hunter Safety Course to be held Friday and Saturday Sept. 11-12
September 11, 2015

     A two-day Hunter Safety Education Course will begin Friday, September 11 at the Wells Mealsite Building, Buttermilk Hill Rd., from 5-9 p.m. and continue at the same location on Saturday, September 12, 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.

     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.

     Register for the classes on line at  On the left of the page which appears, scroll down to Education and click it.  Scroll down on the right to Sportsman Education Classes, select choice (Hunter) enter zip code and register. Courses are free.

     A work study guide is available at

     For more information on the course, call (518) 924-4115. 

Primary Election Day is Thursday, September 10
September 10, 2015

     NYS party primaries will be held Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Wells Community Hall, noon to 9 p.m.

     The change from the traditional Tuesday to Thursday followed Governor Cuomo's approval of a new law moving the date.  The reason stated is to observe the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

     Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Sunday, Sept. 13 and runs through Tuesday, Sept. 15, the original 2015 primary election date.

2014-15 Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Licenses Go On Sale Aug. 10
August 10, 2015

     The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)  2015-16 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) will go on sale Monday, Aug. 10. Licenses 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 valid from Sept. 1, 2015 through Aug. 31, 2016. DMP's are available until Oct. 1, 2015.  Any left over DMP's (doe permits) will be available on a first come first serve basis beginning  Nov. 1, 2015.

     Hunting and trapping Regulation Guides are available; new fishing guides will not be available until spring and rules and regulations from the 2014-15 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 remember 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 so as to not surpass any previous bundled fee.


Did You Know...
August 05, 2015

     Begone Black Fly!--In 1984, the Town of Wells entered into a BTI Program which would service a one-mile radius from the center of the Town of Wells. The Town Board determined the proposed action would not have a significant effect on the environment. Thirty one years later, the program is still being used in the Town of Wells.

                        Excerpts are taken from Town of Wells minute books.

Wells Food Pantry Open Every Tuesday
August 05, 2015

     The Wells Food Pantry is openTuesdays 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.

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

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

"Home Town Losers" will meet every Thursday, 7 p.m.
June 13, 2013

     "Home Town Losers" will commence at 7 p.m every Thursday at the Ambulance Corps/Mealsite Bldg., Buttermilk Hill Rd.

     The group was initiated at the end of May and believes the best way to get healthy is to lose some pounds. It offers comradery, support and encouragement and there is no fee, no weigh-in or judgement.

     Anyone may join and begin the weight loss challenge with your "Home Town Losers".

     For more information call Dolores 924-7311 or Bonnie 924-3072.

Sacandaga Task Force for Senior Living Has Much to Offer
April 05, 2012

     The Sacandaga Task Force for Senior Living (STFSL) is an independent council of citizens interested in attracting or developing Senior Living services and facilities to our area. It is a grassroots effort dedicated to community enhancement and the well-being of our Adirondack society.

     The following outlines some of the activities STFSL offers:

Red Rooster Cafe, corner of Bridge and Main Sts., 113 N. Main St.,, Northville

     Seniors meet here around noon on Thursdays for lunch and a program.

     A meal is provided by Fulton County Office of the Aging (OFA). A $3.00 donation is suggested or you can bring your own lunch.

     To order a lunch, call OFA at 736-5650 by Wednesday afternoon.

     Entertainment begins at 12:30 p.m.

Need A Handyman?

     Call the Task Force answering service at 863-4040, Ext. 42. Leave your name and phone number and mention you are looking for a handyman or woman. Your call will be returned within a day and details worked out.

Need a Ride?

     The Wheels Program can help you. Call 863-4040 Ext 42.  Leave your name and phone number and we will call you back to schedule a trip.


     A minibus is scheduled to go on trips to malls, museums and local social events twice a month. Call 863-4040 Ext 42. Leave your name and phone number and we will call you back to work out trip details.

Other Activities of the STFSL

     Conducts targeted surveys to determine interests and needs; holds flu clinics and diabetes clinics, exercise classes;; etc.  The STFSL has formed collaborations with the Village of Northville, the Northville Rotary, the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network, the Sacandaga Seniors and the Wells Seniors.

Senior Housing

     Bringing Senior housing to the Sacandaga Valley has been one of ithe Task Force's top priorities and it continues to seek help to reach this goal.  Anyone interested in assisting STFSL with this goal, please call 863-4040 Ext 42 and leave your name and number; a board member will call back to discuss your interest.

     For more infomatrion about this group, email STFSL at or visit its website at