Bazemore to be honored

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 12, 2007

WINDSOR – A new street in Windsor will be dedicated to the memory of the late J. Jasper Bazemore.

On Thursday morning, the Windsor Board of Commissioners gave their support to a plan by the Bertie County Commissioners to honor Bazemore.

Bazemore, who was 81 at the time of his death, served as a Bertie County Commissioner for a dozen years, including several terms as chairman of the board.

On Thursday, Windsor Mayor Bob Spivey brought a proposal from the county to his board.

“We told Bertie County they could name the street the dialysis center and the new Department of Social Services building would be on,” Spivey said. “They want to honor Jasper Bazemore.”

Spivey said the county had recommended two names for the street. They want to name it Jasper Lane or Jasper Bazemore Lane, he said.

Spivey said there were two roads in the county that already bear the Bazemore name and that was his only concern.

The mayor said the county was asking for the town’s input on the name.

“I think we should suggest Jasper Lane because I would hate for there to be any citizen who has a problem with emergency services because of confusion,” Spivey said. “I know he (Bazemore) wouldn’t want that.”

Without objection, the Windsor board agreed to suggest Jasper Lane, but said they would support either option chosen by the county leaders.

At last Monday’s meeting of the Bertie County Commissioners, that board brought up the subject of the road name.

It was Commissioner Wallace Perry who first offered the suggestion of using Bazemore as the road’s namesake.

“As you know, Mr. Bazemore was a strong supporter of this project (the new DSS building), but there’s already a Bazemore Street in Windsor,” he stated.

After discussion, it was decided that the board’s first choice would be Jasper Bazemore Street and Jasper Street as the second.

A few commissioners expressed concern over whether 911 would experience problems if “Bazemore” was included in the street name.

The board also wanted to check with Bazemore’s family first to make sure they didn’t have a problem with the street being named after him.

“Let’s find out what the issues are first and go from there,” suggested Commissioner L.C. Hoggard III.

No final decision was made on the matter.

The board agreed to address the issue again after the 911 issue could be looked into.