House passes bill honoring Ray Burton
CONCORD — The new visitors’ center on the northbound side of Interstate 93 in Hooksett will be named after longtime Executive Councilor Raymond Burton who died in November.
The House Wednesday approved Senate Bill 357 which names the scenic overlook on Route 302 in the village of Bretton Woods, across from the entrance to the Mount Washington Hotel, and the visitors’ center after Burton.
The Bath Republican was serving his 18th term as the District 1 executive councilor when he died of cancer.
The scenic overlook was dedicated to Burton at a ceremony attended by most of the state’s political hierarchy several weeks before he died.
Burton was praised in the House as a dedicated public servant who served the North Country and the Granite State in an exemplary manner.
“Ray Burton had the pulse of the North Country,” Rep. Brad Bailey, R-Monroe, said Wednesday. “There was no one like him.”
The bill’s prime sponsor, Sen. Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, earlier said “Ray always worked to bring people together. He truly made his life’s work, the people’s work.”
The developer of the new welcome center in Hooksett, the Common Man’s Alex Ray, asked to name the northbound center after Burton.
The new full-service visitors’ center will replace the existing state liquor stores, visitors’ center and vending machines and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The bill goes to Gov. Maggie Hassan for her signature.