Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, was recently named as the chairman of a state military and veteran's affairs committee.
During the county commissioners meeting on Thursday, Nothstein said that he received a request from Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, who serves as the 2012 County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania president, asking him to serve as chair of CCAP's Military and Veteran's Affairs Committee. Nothstein has served on the committee as a member.
He noted that the position of chair became available when the current chairman retired.
Issues that Nothstein and the committee will be facing include addressing concerns of the veterans, dealing with families, training veteran's affairs directors, legislation matters and handling services.
"We want to ensure that our veterans and their families are getting the services that they deserve," he said.
Nothstein added that he was honored to chair the committee.
In other matters, Nothstein addressed a question that Penn Forest resident Valerie Norato asked during last week's meeting regarding the codes used for the appointment of Commissioner William O'Gurek.
O'Gurek was appointed by Carbon County President Judge Roger Nanovic on Jan. 3, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Commissioner Charles Getz.
Nothstein said that the information the county received from Norato did not pertain to Carbon County.
County solicitor Daniel Miscavige expanded on the information, stating that the Pennsylvania Code provision Norato brought was a county charter to Lehigh County.
"That (code) only applies to Lehigh County," he said, adding that there are county charters incorporated in the Pennsylvania Code, but are not relative for the whole state.
"Even in those cases where there is a conflict between county code and home rule charter for the county, the county code provisions prevail," Miscavige said.
"That's been determined by the courts. It's a black and white answer."