Town of
Wells
 
Established in 1805
 
Officials:
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:

Introduction

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.



The 64th Wells Old Home Days
August 1-3. Fun for the entire family!


***  Chicken & Biscuits, Wells UMC on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 4:30-7 p.m.   ***   Presentation on Bars, Inns and Restaurants of Yesteryear by County Historian Bill Zullo Thursday, Aug. 28, 7 p.m., Wells Mealsite Bldg.  Sponsored by Wells Historical Society.   ***      



Notice of Public Hearing

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

     PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that Local Law 1-2014 entitled “A Local Law to Override the Tax Levy Limit Established in General Municipal Law Section 3-c” has been proposed by the Town Board of the Town of Wells, County of Hamilton, State of New York. The proposed law would, in summary, allow the Town of Wells to adopt a town budget for (a)  town purposes (b) any other special or improved district governed by the Town Board for the fiscal year 2015 that requires a real property tax levy in excess of the “tax levy limit” as defined by General Municipal Law, Section 3-c.  A copy of proposed Local Law No. 1-2014 is on file in the office of the Town Clerk. A Public Hearing on said Local Law 1-2014 will be held during the regular meeting of the Wells Town Board at the Community Hall on Main St., Wells, New York on the 8th day of September at about 7:10 p.m. and an opportunity to be heard in regard thereto will then and there be given to those favoring the proposed Local Law 1-2014, and also to those opposed thereto.

By Order of the Wells Town Board

Mari Wilson

Wells Town Clerk

Dated: Aug. 11, 2014 


 


Discover the Adirondacks




Clerk Office Closed




Two-Day Hunter Safety Course
Hunter Safety Class



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. 



Parade Float First Prize Goes To...
the Marsh Family and Friends for an outstanding portrayal of the raw and wild "1880's or Bust!" A lot of thought and work went into the float earning its creators much applause along the parade route and first place in this years contest.
On Its Back End, So To Speak
An hysterical hide- "outhouse" featuring an outlaw perusing the latest news completed the Marsh Family and Friends 1880's float.
From the Generation That Just Wanted Its MTV
"Rocking Out in the 1980's", decade of the Rubiks cube, Walkman and Cabbage Patch kids, took second place in this years float contest. Maggie Welch (front and center), Crystal Persch and Rachel Lauria represented the big hair metal bands of the 1980's like Guns and Roses, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Def Leopard, AC-DC and Poison to name a few.
Red Hot Red Hat Ladies
Providing a glimpse of the 1920's, the Red Hat Ladies of Wells donned flashy flapper garb and celebrated the Women's Right to Vote, Prohibition and a decade of dedicated moonshine making.

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: http://apa.ny.gov/stateland/definitions.htm



 
News:
Hunter Safety Course Scheduled
September 12, 2014

     A Hunter Safety Education Course will begin Friday, Sept. 12 at the Community Hall from 6-9 p.m. and continue at the same location on Saturday, Sept. 13, 8 a.m. to 5:30 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.

     Registration for the course must be done online at the NY Department of Environmental Conservation website, dec.ny.gov

     For more information, or if you have questions on how to register, call (518) 924-4115. 

Presentation on Bars, Inns and Restaurants in Wells and Hope on Aug.18
August 18, 2014

     If you hunger for a slice of History, don't miss Hamilton County Historian Bill Zullo's presentation on Bars, Inns and Restaurants of yesterday. Sponsored by the Wells Historical Society,  Bill will recall these fascinating memories at the Wells Mealsite Bldg., Buttermilk Hill Rd. on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.

     Discover where the needs of travelers were once satisfied in the Towns of Wells and Hope including food, drink and lodging and learn how such establishments provided communities with a gathering place when situations created the need. For more information, contact Kathy Olsen at aolsen@nycap.rr.com

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.

 

2014 Certified Well Testing Program Scheduled
June 09, 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 hcswcd@frontiernet.net  The department is located at 102 County View Drive, Lake Pleasant.

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 penny@hapec.org