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NARRAGANSETTâ€“Jeffry Ceasrine wouldnâ€™t trade his job for any other. Narragansett, beneficiary of the 22 years that the Town Engineer has dedicated to the planning, construction and maintenance of the townâ€™s infrastructure, should thank him.
â€śWe usually get unhappy calls when something is broken,â€ť said Ceasrine with a laugh.
â€śI didnâ€™t even know I was getting the award.â€ť
The Providence Engineering Society has chosen Ceasrine for their â€śEngineer of the Yearâ€ť Award. The prize is given to an engineer who has most successfully planned and developed projects which have benefitted the infrastructure of the towns and cities in Rhode Island. The award, open to both public engineering offices and private firms around the state, is an acknowledgement by peers of a job well done.
â€śI am very humbled and flattered,â€ť said Ceasrine.
â€śThe success that Iâ€™ve had has to be shared,â€ť he added. â€śWithout this crew, [these projects] wouldnâ€™t happen.â€ť
Ceasrineâ€™s main responsibilities rest in the oversight of the water systems and wastewater management, but virtually every engineering project involving the town of Narragansett has passed by his door. There are a few projects, however, that Ceasrine is particularly proud of.
The sewer project along Narrow River in the early 1990â€™s, for example, comes quickly to mind. The construction of a sewage system for the residential areas around the river improved water quality and aided further development and expansion of the town. The Narrow River even saw its first organized swimming event after the sewage system was finished. Ceasrine is quick to point out, however, that the support of the town has been crucial to his success as an engineer.
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