At its last meeting the Augusta City Council was informed that the city has been approached by someone hoping to obtain an oil exploration lease at Santa Fe Lake.
Josh Shaw, Assistant to the City Manager, said research showed that about 50 years ago, when the land for the lake was deeded to the city, the railroad company retained the mineral rights.
City staff will attempt to obtain those mineral rights and bring the issue back to the council when more information is available.
The council also received the monthly report from Public Safety Chief Tyler Brewer.
The total number of calls received by the safety department for the first nine months of 2012 is actually down about 0.75 percent from 2011 – 14,855 in 2012 and 14,965 in 2011.
The total number of reports for the two years is also virtually identical with 2,016 this year compared to 2,017 last year.
The number of moving citation is down significantly. Safety officers have only written about 75 percent of the ticket in 2012 that they did in 2011- 1,105 compared to 1,482.
The number of arrests is up about 10 percent to 517 with most of that increase in misdemeanor charges.
The fire crews have answered 273 calls so far this year with 136 of those being within the city limits. Three of the 273 cases were determined to have been caused by arson.
There have been four civilians injured in fires and two firefighters have been hurt working fires.