Monsees receives community service award

Monsees receives community service award
RSF Board President Ann Boon bestows the Community Service Award to LaDonna Monsees for her work helming the Village Revitalization Task Force. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At the Rancho Santa Fe Association annual meeting this month, President Ann Boon recognized Covenant member LaDonna Monsees for her extraordinary commitment of time and energy for the welfare of the community.

Monsees, who is the chair of the Village Revitalization Task Force, was the recipient of the Community Service Award.

Following the closure of Stumps market last year, Boon said, many members were distraught. Monsees responded in her own special way.

“This woman stepped up and took the helm of a new ad hoc committee to try and find a remedy,” Boon said.

And that committee was the Village Revitalization Task Force. The committee has addressed various items, including retail parking in the Village since many business owners face the daily challenges of limited spots near their storefronts. The committee is trying to find alternative solutions for employees to park elsewhere rather than potential customer parking spaces.

Freeing up these spaces will help the revitalization efforts.

Boon shared that over a nine month time frame, this committee struggled with important issues in the Village pertaining to parking, permits, and county ordinances.

Boon wanted members to know that Monsees has had excellent assistance from dedicated Ranch residents to help address these ongoing challenges.

“Thanks to her efforts the committee and staff is developing a strong and detailed plan going forward in revitalizing of the Village,” Boon said.

A round of applause erupted as Monsees accepted her award.

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