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.

'Tis the month for wearin' of the green!

***  Virginia Hosley Free Library will present the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Thursday, March 26, 2-4:15 pm. Refreshments provided, donations welcome.   ***   WIG's Family Fun Night. Saturday, March 28, Wells Community Hall, 4-9 p.m. See News below for details.    ***  

Notice of Resoluton Subject to Ref



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at a regular meeting held on the 9th day of March, 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 Section 35.00 of the Local Finance Law of the State of New York. Said resolution authorizes the issuance and sale of a serial bond or bonds and a bond anticipation note or notes in anticipation of the issuance and sale of said serial bonds, in an amount not to exceed $350,000. The proceeds from the sale of the obligations authorized in said resolution shall be used for the specific purpose of financing repairs to the Lake Algonquin Dam, including, but not limited to, mobilization, permitting, protection of existing facilities and structures, surface preparation of repair areas, concrete crack repair, clay blanket repair, site restoration required as a result of construction activities and all work necessary to complete said repairs in accordance with the plans and specifications therefor. The estimated maximum cost of said purpose is $647,011. The balance of the cost of said purpose, that being $297,011, shall be paid from current funds of the Town. The period of probable usefulness of said purpose is thirty (30) years. A copy of the resolution summarized herein is available for public inspection during normal business hours at the office of the Town Clerk located at the Town Office Building in the Town of Wells, New York.

By Order of the Wells Town Board

Mari Wilson, Town Clerk

Dated: March 9, 2015

Town Roads posted


In accordance with Vehicle & Traffic Law Article 40, S1660, ALL Town Roads have been posted until further notice.

By order of Wells Highway Supt. Clay Earley

Wells Town Board
Dated March 16, 2015

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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. 

Seasonal Overnight Parking Ban December 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015.
Includes all town, county and state roads: No parking from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.

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:

Oh Deer!
Lots of snow makes for difficult trail blazing.

Library Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 28
March 28, 2015

     The Virginia Hosley Free Library will kick off springtime with a Children's Easter Egg Hunt at the Library on Saturday, March 28 beginning at 10:30 a.m.  All kids age 10 and under may participate.

     Despite the possibility of hiding and hunting for eggs in slow to dwindle snow banks, the yearly event promises great fun. The special occasion will feature prizes, candy and story time.

CORRECTION: TO LOCATION OF Family Fun Night , Saturday, March 28. To be held at Wells Community Hall
March 28, 2015

     Join the Wells Improvement Group (WIG) for its fourth Annual Family Fun Night at Wells Community Hall Saturday, March 28 from 4-9 p.m.  Activities will be geared toward youngsters age 10 and under from 4-7 p.m. and for kids 11 and up from 7-9 p.m.

     The event will feature a number of kid friendly activities such as bounce houses, obstacle courses, slides and popular tunes. Additionally, free materials will be available from local agencies and refreshments will be sold courtesy of the WCS Athletic Association.

     No doubt about it, the evening promises to be fun for the entire family! 

     For more information, contact WIG at

Movie Showing at the Library Thursday, March 26
March 26, 2015

     The Virginia Hosley Free Library will present The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Thursday, March 26 at the library from 2-4:15 p.m.

     This comedy centers on a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India.

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

Did You Know...
March 10, 2015

     On March 23, 1917 permission was granted for the town clerk to order information blanks and permit blanks to carry a revolver and fees for Justice granting such permits
shall be $.58.
In 1917-Supervisors salary was $300; Town Clerk salary, $150. 

     Also in this year automobile license money was expended on the town highway known as Griffin-Oregon Road.
                Excerpts are taken from the minutes of Town of Wells record books.


Wells Food Pantry Hours Will Change to Every Tuesday
November 11, 2014

     Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 11, the Wells Food Pantry will be open on Tuesdays 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.

Leftover Deer Management Permits Available November 1st
November 01, 2014

     The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced left over Deer Management Permits (DMP's or doe Permits) will be available on a first come, first serve basis beginning Saturday, Nov. 1. 

     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 (bowhunting-only), 7F, 7H, 7J, 8A, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8N, 8R, 9A, 9F and 9 G.

      The Town Clerk Office will be open Saturday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m to noon.