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:

2016 Final Town Budget

Adopted by the Wells Town Board November 9th, 2015 in accordance with Town Law.

Final Budget 2016 is located in Departments under Town Clerk or Town Supervisor Documents.


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.

"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way." Native American saying.

***  Movie at the Virginia Hosley Free Library Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2-3:45 p.m., I Heard the Owl Call My Name. Refreshments provided, donations welcome.  ***   Christmas Tree Lighting, Craft Fair, and Book Sale Saturday, November 28, Wells Community Hall. Sales begin at noon, Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. followed by the arrival of SANTA!   ***

Fuel Bids


Notice is hereby given that the Town Board of the Town of Wells, Hamilton County, State of New York is accepting sealed bids for the furnishing and delivery of Regular-Grade Gasoline and Winter Blend (50/50) Diesel Fuel delivered to the Town of Wells Highway Department and the Town of Wells Central Garage, Gilmantown Road, Wells, and Number 2 Fuel Oil for use in town buildings from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.
Bid price may be stated at a FIXED Price for the term of the agreement or a FLUCTUATING Price. The bid MUST be specific as to which method is bid. The bidder MAY bid both a fixed price and a fluctuating price. A copy of specifications can be obtained at the Town Clerks Office. All bids must be received by 12 noon on December 11, 2015. Bids must be submitted to the Town Clerk, P.O. Box 493, Wells, New York 12190.  All bids shall be in sealed envelopes at the above address and shall bear on the face thereof the name and address of the bidder, and marked "Unleaded Regular Gasoline Bid" "Winter Blend (50/50) Diesel Fuel Bid" "Number 2 Fuel Oil".  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.

Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at about 7:10 p.m. on December 14, 2015 during the regular meeting of the Town Board at the Wells Ambulance Corps Bldg/Mealsite, Buttermilk Hill Rd.


Mari Wilson

Town Clerk

Dated: Nov. 9, 2015 


Bid specifications and bid sheets may be downloaded under Departments, Town Clerk Documents  or Town Supervisor Documents.

Discover the Adirondacks

NYS Route 30 Bridge Plaque
A plaque featuring this historical photo is embedded in stone on the Town of Wells Public Beach.

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:

REMINDER: Town of Wells Christmas Tree Lighting is Saturday, November 28
November 28, 2015
     The Town of Wells Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held Saturday, Nov. 28 at the Wells Community Hall, Main StThe Wells Improvement Group Craft Fair and the Virginia Hosley Free Library Book Sale will begin at noon. Once again WIG welcomes donations for Tricky Tray. Contact Maggie Welch at 924-2128 or via email at for details.

     Vendors will offer an assortment of seasonal and gift-worthy treasures for holiday shoppers to choose from. Additionally, Library volunteers will be selling a variety of books sure to please everyone on your Christmas list. While you shop, enjoy refreshments sold by local organizations. WIG's annual membership drive will be ongoing so sign up for a chance to win a special basket.

     At 6 p.m., the Community Christmas Tree will be lit, kicking off the magical season. Then, Santa Claus arrives. Christmas spirits will be roused and children of all ages will have a chance to tell Santa just how good they've been this year!

Movie at the Library Tuesday, Nov. 24
November 24, 2015

     The Virginia Hosley Free Library will present I Heard the Owl Call My Name Tuesday, November 24 at the library.

     Showtime will run from 2-3:45 p.m. The film tells the story about Native American village life located in a remote area of British Columbia Canada.

     Refreshments will be provided. There is no cost for admission, but donations are welcome.

Green Light a Vet
November 11, 2015
     Veterans Day is November 11.  Join millions of others and change one light to green in a visible location-on your porch, in your home, or at your office-and keep it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for the men and women who, every day, offer their lives to keep us free.
Did You Know...
November 04, 2015
     In 1812 a bounty is raised on Wolves and Panthers; $10 on wolves and it is voted "no other person than residents would be entitled to the bounty; $20 on panthers and only town residents eligible for the bounty." 

                                     Excerpts are taken from Town of Wells minute books.

Leftover Deer Management Permits Available
November 01, 2015

     The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced left over Deer Management Permits (DMP's or doe Permits) are available on a first come, first serve basis.

     Leftover DMP's will NOT be available by phone, mail or via the internet. Applicants who previously paid the $10.00 application fee or those that are exempt from the application fee will not be charged for this additional application. Applications for leftover DMPS will be accepted for the following WMU's: 
        1C, 3M, 3R, 3S, 7F, 7H, 7J, 8A, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8N, 8R, 9A, and 9F.

     Town Clerk Office hours are Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wells Senior Nutrition Site Offers Home Deliveries
October 06, 2015

     There is help available for Hamilton County Seniors who experience a decline in his/her mobility or health. The Wells Senior Nutrition Center has nutritious meals and will travel to assist its senior neighbors in extending their independence and improving their health.

     The Mealsite caters to all county seniors age 60 and up.  Excluding holidays, meals are available five days a week, Monday through Friday. Cost is a three dollar ($3.00) donation per day.

     Now in its 21st year of operation, the meal site continues to be a positive force in the community offering senior citizens not only good food but great company as well.  Located behind the Wells Community Hall, able individuals can partake of a noonday meal at the site itself.  For more information on joining others at the site or setting up home delivery, just call Mealsite Manager Kelly Brenan at (518)924-4066.