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Public Works
Director of Public Works Ernie Slagle 864-9285
Ernie has been with the Town since 1977. His experience as it relates to Public Works is invaluable. The Town of Thermopolis Department of Public Works consists of four separate operations.
  1. Streets Department - Basil Sorenson, Street Superintendent. Basil operates from the Town Shop. Phone - 307 864-3556; or email

  2. Water Department – Donald Rood, Chief Water Treatment Plant Operator. Don began working for the Town in June 2007. He is a Level IV Water Treatment Plant Operator and has a degree in Water Quality Management. Since 1984 he has operated treatment plants in Wyoming and the front range of Colorado. Don is upgrading the treatment plant to improve water quality and to assure future compliance with upcoming water quality regulations. Please feel free to call Don at the Water Treatment Plant (307) 864-2658 or email

  3. Wastewater Treatment Plant - Melody Robinson, Chief Wastewater Plant Operator. Melody also has a wealth of experience. She has been with the Town since 1978. Phone her at 864-3354, or email

  4. Landfill - Because the staff are almost always operating heavy equipment in the field, they do not maintain a phone. Please direct landfill questions to the Street Department, 864-3556.

LANDFILL HOURS

Open Monday through Saturday
November 1- March 31: Winter Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 1- October 31: Summer Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Landfill closed on the following major holidays:
January 1 New Years Day
3rd Monday in January Martin Luther King Equality Day
3rd Monday in February Presidents Day
March 31 Easter Sunday
4th Monday in May Memorial Day
July 4 Independence Day
1st Monday in September Labor Day
November 11 Veterans Day
4th Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day
December 25 Christmas

FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF ITEMS THAT ARE NOT PERMITTED AT THE LANDFILL:
  1. Used oil
  2. Lead acid batteries
  3. Solvents, paint thinners
  4. Paint unless it has dried to solid form (normal household paint - under 5 gallons each visit can be accepted at the landfill. Leave lids open to dry out paint or pour paint on plastic to dry. Can not accept large quantities from commercial painters or contractors.
  5. Antifreeze
  6. Acids or chemicals (may accept barrels if there is no more than 1" of liquid in bottom)
  7. Refrigeration units, unless they are certified freon free. Jadeco is currently certified to remove freon from these units and charges a fee of $26.00 to do so. A receipt verifying the removal of freon is required at the landfill prior to accepting any refrigeration units. Individuals bringing these units to the landfill without a receipt will be turned away. The Town will remove the doors from these units for safety sake.
  8. No sewage waste (only grit from Sewer Plant or sump waste from car washes or wash bays)
  9. No friable asbestos (insulation, etc.). We can accept non-friable asbestos (floor tile, etc).
  10. Petroleum contaminated soils or materials.

We realize that it is impossible to monitor and control what is placed in the canisters that are dumped by the city garbage trucks. Periodically, some of the above items are placed in the canisters. Contents of the canisters are not sorted at the landfill so consequently many of these things are accepted and buried without our knowledge. We encourage individuals to follow the established guidelines for landfill dumping.

Should you have any questions regarding any of these items, please contact Town Hall at 864-3838.

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Thermopolis, WY 82443

Email: Town of Thermopolis