By Florence Rankin



TIFTON - Leroy Rogers Center director Laquerica Gaskins has been named Tifton's new Main Street director, City Manager Charles Howell announced Monday.

"We've been recruiting statewide for a Main Street director, and over the last several weeks we've conducted extensive interviews," Howell said at the Tifton City Council's April meeting. "The same name kept coming to the top of the list - Laquerica's.

"It gives me great pleasure to be able to promote from within our own ranks. Laquerica has made such a mark at the Senior Center. She's smart, works hard and is resourceful ... People like Laquerica need to be afforded an opportunity for advancement."

Gaskins, a graduate of Abraham Baldwin College and Valdosta State University, was named director of the Rogers center in July 2002.A native of Ocilla, she previously was a group home manager and case manager for the Satilla Community Services Board and served as a registration clerk with the City of Douglas' Community Services, Recreation and Special Events Department.

In other action, council voted to extend a moratorium on the issuance of sign permits. The current moratorium, imposed to give administrators the opportunity to formulate rules and guidelines for signage, was due to expire April 11. City Attorney Greg Sowell said the sign study "needs to be presented to a couple of additional groups" before it comes to the city council for a vote.

"I don't believe it will take another 120 days, but we're asking for that through an abundance of caution," said Sowell.

Council also voted to name the newly renovated buildings at the corner of Main Street and U.S. Highway 82 "The Tifton Welcome Station" and "The Tifton Business Development Center." Howell agreed to find a way to incorporate a suggestion by Councilman Roosevelt Russell to use the city's "Friendly City" logo and/or "City of Excellence" and "City of Ethics" designations in signs for the buildings.

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