Of all 16 strategic goals Lansing City Council members cited in a recent goal-setting session, the improvement of DeSoto Road ranked the highest.
Six of the seven council members who completed the goal-setting exercise ranked the project No. 1. One council member ranked it No. 2.
Mayor Billy Blackwell said a spreadsheet distributed to show the rankings includes the mean, median and mode.

Of all 16 strategic goals Lansing City Council members cited in a recent goal-setting session, the improvement of DeSoto Road ranked the highest.
Six of the seven council members who completed the goal-setting exercise ranked the project No. 1. One council member ranked it No. 2.
Mayor Billy Blackwell said a spreadsheet distributed to show the rankings includes the mean, median and mode.
Blackwell said he included all 16 goals so no council member would feel as if a project he or she felt strongly about was ignored.
But, he agreed with several council members that there was probably only enough funding in the 2015 budget to concentrate on one of the goals.
Below are the rankings of the other goals discussed:
• Water and sewer for Ken W. Bernard Park.
Blackwell said the idea of a water park there has been discussed, so the amenities would be necessary. It would likely have to be voter-approved.
• Stormwater utility.
• K-5 realignment project.
• 4-H and 14th Street.
• IT improvements (across the city).
• Bernard Park.
• Future collection system infrastructure improvements.
• Service center (purchase land and design service center).
• Ward 1 Streets/Adam's Acres sidewalks.
• Compensation study
• Police building.
• Trail gaps (connecting isolated pieces).
• East McIntyre Road overlay.
• New library building.
• Additional personnel for human resources, parks and rec, and police.
Council members also looked at two other items Thursday that will likely show up on a future agenda for action.
One is a background check policy for volunteers.
Jason Crum, the city's parks and recreation director, had a draft policy outlining the procedures for the background checks.
He said background checks have been conducted on all coaches for several years, but he thought the city needed a written policy.
The recommended criteria for exclusion included sex offenses, felonies — specifically violent felonies that occurred any time, but any other felonies occurring within the past 10 years — and also some misdemeanors.
The misdemeanors include all violent offenses within the past seven years, misdemeanor drug and alcohol offenses within the past five years, and any other misdemeanor within the past five years that would be considered a potential danger to children or is directly related to functions of the volunteer.
Council member Tony McNeill said he thought other departments should have a policy for volunteers as well.
Council member Gregg Buehler agreed there needed to be a citywide policy. Lansing City Administrator Mike Smith said the city could come up with a citywide policy, but the one for parks and recreation needed to be done now.
The other item council members discussed Thursday was deteriorating curbs, gutters and sidewalks throughout the city.
Public Works Director John Young said a drive throughout Lansing revealed it would cost an estimated $90,000 for all repairs. Nothing was included in the 2014 budget.
Blackwell suggested shifting funds so there'd be $45,000 — half of what is needed — for this year's budget to get a good start on the problem. It was suggested that fixing sidewalks might be something the city's portion of the countywide sales tax could be used for.
This item will also come up for a vote at an upcoming action meeting.