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.

Fall into Autumn
"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn." Elizabeth Lawrence

***  WVAC Flu Shot Clinic Tuesday, Oct. 21, 3-5 p.m. at the Ambulance Corps Bldg,. Buttermilk Hill Rd.  ***   Public hearing on Proposed 2015 Town Budget Monday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Wells Mealsite/Ambulance Corps Bldg., Buttermilk Hill Rd.  ***  Trick or Treat Night in the Town of Wells Thursday, Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m.   ***     

Notice of Public Hearing


     The Town Board of the Town of Wells, County of Hamilton, State of New York, has prepared the Preliminary Budget for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2015 and will hold a public hearing on same during a special meeting of the Town Board on October 27, 2014 at the Wells Ambulance Corp Bldg./Mealsite, Buttermilk Hill Rd., Wells, NY.  The public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. and any person may be heard in favor of or against any item or items therein contained. A copy of the Preliminary Budget is available on the town website and at the office of the Town Clerk where it may be inspected by any person during regular hours. Pursuant to Section 108, Town Law the proposed salaries of Town Officers are hereby specified as follows:

By Order of the Wells Town Board

Mari Wilson

Wells Town Clerk

Dated: Oct. 14, 2014


Discover the Adirondacks

Trick or Treat in the Town of Wells
Thursday, October 30th from 6-8 p.m.

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. 

The Buck Stopped Here

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:

Memo to All Little Ghosts and Goblins in the Town of Wells
October 30, 2014

(and to those who plan to serve them):

     Trick or Treat night in the Town of Wells is Thursday, Oct. 30th from 6-8 p.m. Be safe, be considerate and have fun!

Movie Night at the Library is Monday, October 27
October 27, 2014

     The Virginia Hosley Free Library will present Heaven is for Real Monday, October 27 at the library. The film begins at 6:30 p.m. and is rated PG.

     Based on a true story, a small town dad must find the courage to share his son's extraordinary account of his trip to heaven during a near death experience.  The boy shares things that happened before his birth, things he couldn't possibly know. Running time for the film is 99 minutes.

     Complimentary popcorn and refreshments will be served. There is no cost for admission, but donations are accepted.

Flu Clinic Scheduled October 21
October 21, 2014

     The Wells Volunteer Ambulance Corps will hold a Flu Clinic Tuesday, October 21 from 3-5 p.m. at the WVAC Bldg., Buttermilk Hill Rd., Wells.

     Cost is $25 per person. Walk-ins will be accepted but appointments are encouraged if an individual is on Medicare or Medicaid. 

Did You Know...
October 13, 2014

     On Oct. 26, 1928, four more street lights were voted in from the dam to Jolie Montagne Park; one more light was voted in on Brussel St. and one on Griffin Rd.  Two more lights were voted in on the road from Paul Stuart's to Floyd Simons.

     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.


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