Cleveland has a new municipal judge as a result of action taken by the Cleveland City Council during its regular monthly meeting held Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Municipal Building on North Broadway.

 Council members agreed with Mayor Scott Rusher’s appointment of longtime Cleveland attorney Lawrence Martin to the City Judge position. He will replace the Honorable Judge Rene Henry who is retiring.

City Manager Elzie Smith distributed charts to the small crowd that compared rates charged by the City of Cleveland for natural gas utilities and Oklahoma Natural Gas--an area provider, and showed how Cleveland’s rates were minimally higher on average. He explained that Cleveland has not raised gas rates in 10 years. He also explained how energy efficiency improvements to a home can impact utility bills and gave tips on how customers can average their gas bills. Council members also added to the discussion.

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