Students from seven area high schools had the opportunity to see how Carbon County operates during the county's 10th annual Government Day.
On Thursday, students from Panther Valley, Marian, Palmerton, Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Weatherly, and Carbon Career & Technical Institute high schools found themselves spending a day observing Carbon County officials doing what they do best, run the county.
Students had stops at the Carbon County Courthouse and Courthouse Annex in Jim Thorpe and 9-1-1 Communication Center in Nesquehoning.
They talked with various county officials in the morning and learned what goes into operating the county.
The students then attended the Carbon County Commissioners' meeting, in which they got to see how the commissioners make decisions and operate the county.
Some of the decisions that were made included accepting the weekly personnel and treasurer's report, adopting proclamations and announcing an asset purchase agreement in the sale of Weatherwood has been reached between the county and soon-to-be owners, Guardian Elder Care.
Commissioners William O'Gurek, Wayne Nothstein and Charles Getz, thanked the students for their interest in government.
Following the meeting, students were given the opportunity to ask questions on any aspects of politics or government. Some topics for questions included why the commissioners chose to run for office, how will Speaker of the House Keith McCall's choice to not run for reelection affect the county, the current economy, the county's spending plan, the population size; the process to approve items on the agenda and more.
The students then went to the communications center to learn about the Emergency Management Agency, 9-1-1 Communications Center, the County Animal Response Team, and County Emergency Response Team. A question-and-answer panel was conducted prior to the completion of the day.
Carbon County Government Day was the idea of Commissioner Charles Getz, based on a similar event he ran while he served as a Kidder Township supervisor. The first county Government Day was held on April 26, 2001.