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CATA CEO pSandy Draggoo resents Ralph Monsma with his award.

CATA CEO Sandy Draggoo presents Ralph Monsma with his award.

By Jessie Martens
Entirely East Lansing

The East Lansing community said goodbye to two council members and honored many people at the last City Council meeting before the Nov. 3 election.

The room was filled with residents who came to recognize the hard work of Councilmember Kathleen Boyle and Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris over their years on the council. The board and the community also recognized Ralph Monsma of the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) Board of Directors.

Boyle thanked the community, reminisced and said she’s excited to see all the changes that are still to come.

With a shaky voice, Goddeeris thanked many people and said that during her nine years on the council she has seen many amazing things, like how the people in this community go out of their way to help while seeking nothing in return.

This was the first city council in East Lansing with four female members and Goddeeris joked about the possibility of that number ever being five.

Mayor Nathan Triplett thanked both of women and said that it was a tremendous privilege to work with two people who put the needs of the community first. Triplett said Boyle and Goddeeris think through difficult issues and make the best possible decision for the community.

Next, the community honored Ralph Monsma who served 35 years on the CATA board of directors. CATA
CEO Sandy Draggoo said that over the past 35 years CATA has gone through a lot and Monsma has put lots of time into this organization. Triplett honored Monsma with an official East Lansing jacket.

The council also recognized commissions and boards in East Lansing. Each had a representative speak about the accomplishments of their group from the past year.

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