Boards & Committees Descriptions

According to the Town Charter (Sec. 3.02), the following boards, committees and commissions must be filled by qualified resident voters of the Town who must remain as such during their terms: Board of Assessment Review, Budget Review Committee, Capital Improvement Committee, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission and Voter Registration Appeals Board.

Board of Assessment Review

This Board hears and decides appeals made by property owners on the Assessor's property valuation assessments. Commitment - Board meets when appeals are filed usually 2 to 3 times per year.

Budget Committee

This Committee is responsible for the review of the municipal budget as prepared by the Town Manager and makes recommendations to the Selectmen during the budget review process and to the Annual Town Meeting. Commitment - Meetings are held December through February.

Conservation Commission

This Conservation Commission advises the town on ways to conserve wildlife, open space, views, water and other resources. The commission provides education opportunities to local students and sometimes advises other town boards at public hearings. The commission's major long-term commitment is to help neighborhoods around town create a series of undeveloped parks, called wildlife commons, where townspeople can have access to public land for traditional, low-intensive outdoor recreation. Anyone interested in these activities is welcome to help at either a low or a higher level of involvement. Commitment - 1 meeting per month

Energy Advisory Committee

This committee advises the Town Manager and Board of Selectmen on energy programs, projects, and policies which through conservation and alternative energy use, work to achieve reductions in Wells' reliance on fossil fuel. Meetings are held quarterly and are project driven.

Planning Board

This Board oversees planning for the Town's growth and development and is responsible for reviewing commercial projects over 6,000 square feet and subdivisions for compliance with Chapter 145 (Land Use) and Chapter 202 (Subdivision). Commitment - 2 Monday evenings per month and Saturday site walks when necessary.

Recreation Commission

This Commission oversees the Parks and Recreation Department policies and programs. Commitment - 1 Wednesday evening per month and some subcommittee work.

Wells Harbor Park Concert Committee

This Committee produces and presents Saturday evening concerts at the Hope Hobbs Gazebo from the end of June to Labor Day weekend. Your involvement can be varied from publicity, planning and organizing the events to helping with parking or organization during the concerts.

Zoning Board of Appeals

This Board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals made by aggrieved citizens against decisions made by the Code Enforcement Officer and Planning Board based on Chapter 145 (Land Use). Commitment - 2 Tuesday evenings per month as necessary.