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.
Department - Basil Sorenson,
Street Superintendent. Basil
operates from the Town Shop.
Phone - 307 864-3556; or email
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
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
Landfill- Greg Nelson, Landfill Manager. Because he and his 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.
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:
New Years Day
3rd Monday in January
Martin Luther King Equality Day
3rd Monday in February
4th Monday in May
1st Monday in September
4th Thursday in November
FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF ITEMS THAT ARE NOT PERMITTED AT THE LANDFILL:
Lead acid batteries
Solvents, paint thinners
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.
Acids or chemicals (may accept barrels if there is no more than 1" of liquid in bottom)
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.
No sewage waste (only grit from Sewer Plant or sump waste from car washes or wash bays)
No friable asbestos (insulation, etc.). We can accept non-friable asbestos (floor tile, etc).
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.