Boards & Committees Descriptions

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

Historic Preservation Committee

The purpose of this Committee is to protect, enhance and preserve buildings possessing particular historic, cultural or archaeological significance in order to promote the educational, cultural and economic welfare of the residents, property owners and visitors to Wells. Commitment - 1 morning per month.

Ordinance Review Committee

The Board of Selectmen established an Ordinance Review Committee at their meeting on July 15, 2008 and is seeking volunteers to serve on this committee. The committee will be made up of 7 members and will serve as an ad-hoc committee to the Board of Selectmen in reviewing Town ordinances.

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.

Public Awareness Assistant
The Wells Town Manager is looking for a volunteer who is good at communicating in written format and can transmit written press releases to large media outlets including social media.  Ability to write concisely, grasp issues, and develop a working relationship with the Town Manager and his staff to present both public interest stories and weekly news stories of local government affairs to residents and businesses in Wells but also to areas outside the Town would be ideal.  

Recreation Commission

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

Regional Planning Commission

This is the council of governments of the cities and towns of York County and Southern Oxford County. Commitment - 1 meeting per month if elected to their Executive Committee.

Solid Waste / Recycling Committee

The Solid Waste / Recycling Committee has been working on changes at the Transfer Station facility. Work with the Recycling Committee on subcommittees and projects. Commitment - As much as desired.

Wells Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the policies and operation of the town's ambulance service. Commitment - 1 Tuesday evening per month.

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.

Wells Ogunquit Historical Society

The Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit is seeking members of our community to help with guided tours of our collection of artifacts from local families, fishermen, farms and businesses to tell the story of Wells and Ogunquit. Our tour guides volunteer for one or two tour sessions per month. Each tour takes 30-40 minutes; training provided. Please contact Julia Einstein, at or 646-4775 for more information

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.