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.

Memorial Day
Monday, May 25

***   Town of Wells will hold a brief Memorial Day Service Monday, May 25 at the Wells Community Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.  ***

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

Discover the Adirondacks

Notice of Completion of Tentative Assessent Roll

 (Pursuant to Section 506 and 1526 of the Real Property Tax Law)


Notice is hereby given that the Assessor of the Town of Wells, County of Hamilton, State of New York, as required by law has assessed the property in the Town of Wells according to its condition and ownership the First Day of March 2015 and has completed the Tentative Assessment roll for the Current year and that a copy of it has been left with Mari Wilson, Town Clerk, at the Town Clerk's office where any interested person may examine it until the fourth Thursday in May, 2015.

The Assessor will be in attendance with the Tentative Assessment roll at the Wells Community Hall on:

                                             Monday, May 4, 6-10 p.m.

                                             Monday, May 11, 6-10 p.m.

                                             Tuesday, May 12, 6-10 p.m.

                                             Saturday, May 16, 1-5 p.m.

to hear complaints in relation to assessments on the application of any person believing themselves to be aggrieved. Complaint forms are available at the Assessor's and Town Clerk's offices. The Board of Assessment Review, in accordance with the law, can leave your assessment as is or reduce it.

James C. Abbott

Sole Assessor

Town of Wells Tentative Assessment Rolls

Link to the Town of Wells 2015 Tentative 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:

Community of Wells Memorial Day Service is Monday, May 26th, 9 a.m.
May 25, 2015

     "They fell but o'er their glorious grave,

Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save." 

(Francis Marion Crawford)

     As Memorial Day unfolds, Town of Wells community members will take time to honor fallen heroes who fought to protect our freedom. Please join friends and neighbors in attending a brief service commemorating the bravest among us on Monday, May 25th at 9 a.m. The event will be held outside the Community Hasll.

     Pastor John Dale will offer prayers. Supervisor Brian Towers will speak a few solemn words and a wreath will be placed at the Wells Memorial by Bill Stuart. Wells Central School Band members will participate contributing quality selections during the event.

     The ceremony will be held rain or shine. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Did You Know...
May 05, 2015

     On May 14, 1948 the Town Board approved that the Billiard Parlor be open on Sundays from 1 pm and close at 12:30 in the Town of Wells if permissible by the Laws of the State of New York .

                        Excerpts are taken from Town of Wells minute 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.

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

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