Re-Elect Frank Bertone to Powell City Council
I am asking for your vote on November 2nd!
- 18-year Powell Resident
- Married to Julie; three daughters – Ava, Francesca and Giana
- Joan of Arc Catholic Church
- City of Powell Mayor & Councilman
- Finance Committee Representative
- Former Development Committee Chair
- Former Operations Committee Chair
- Lifetime Member, The Ohio State University Alumni Association
- Accredited Investment Fiduciary, AIF
- Member, American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries
- Member, Ohio Farm Bureau
I am seeking re-election to Powell City Council.
Since 2003, my family and I are proud to call Powell our home. We chose to raise our family here because of the small-town atmosphere. I feel the role of City Council member should be one of listening to what the needs of the community are and then actively addressing those needs. My goal is to protect the quality of life we enjoy in Powell and to make certain that it will continue for future generations.
My wife, Julie and daughters Ava, Francesca and Giana, live in the Lakes of Powell. All of my daughters attend Olentangy Schools and are very active with both school and club athletic teams.
As a longtime resident of Powell with a solid understanding of our past, present and future, I bring to the conversation a diverse knowledge of the opportunities and challenges before us. I am a solutions oriented leader.
I strive to work collaboratively with my peers to resolve key issues and define strategic goals for our community. It is key for me to keep the residents’ wants and needs top of mind when approaching projects or key decisions.
I work for Nationwide as a Trust Officer / Product Consultant, for the Nationwide Trust Company. My responsibilities include risk management and business development activities for Private Sector Retirement Plans as related to Nationwide Trust Company. I have been with Nationwide since 1993, holding a wide array of roles including annuity and group retirement plans product development, project management and sales.
I am an Accredited Investment Fiduciary, AIF® and a graduate of The Ohio State University.
I bring necessary public policy, financial acumen, accountability and solutions oriented leadership experience to Powell City Council.
For the past 8 years, I have served the City as Council member focusing heavily on working with my peers to resolve our traffic, business development and financial needs. In addition, I spend a considerable amount of time developing relationships with internal and external areas that help us grow as a community.
As the City’s current Mayor, I have been actively engaged as a member of the City’s Development, Finance and Operations Committees.
As a member of the City’s various committees, I and other council members actively work with the City staff on plans to address the city’s traffic needs, bike path connections, financial matters and regional partnerships with Liberty Township and Delaware County. I believe that these partnerships allow us to share resources on common projects and bring about a much-needed collaboration.
In sum, I bring the following skills and attributes to the role of City Council:
Leadership, Community Focus, Business Minded, Strength and Stability – I am a long-term Powell resident who understands our issues, challenges and opportunities. I bring necessary public policy, financial acumen, accountability and solutions oriented leadership experience to the City Council seat.
Experience – over the past eight years, I have sought to deliver positive, solutions oriented leadership to the opportunities and challenges facing our community in the following roles –
- Mayor and Councilman
- Operations Committee Chair and representative
- Development Committee Chair and representative
- Finance Committee representative
Financial Preparedness & Accountability – I advocate for sound financial planning and goal setting for our community. My goal is to ensure Powell’s current and long-term viability. The recently enacted tax modification will greatly assist the City with its impending and long-term capital funding needs, but will require sound planning and execution to maximize it’s impact. The financial health and well-being of our community is the fabric of effort. Without a dedicated focus on sound fiscal management, much of what we desire to see in our community will not occur.
- Integrity – honest and intentional with behaviors, actions and words
- Consistent decision making skills
- Accountable – for actions and decisions
- Ethical – No conflicts of interest, I aim to serve and represent the City’s best interest
- Service oriented – I take pride in serving my community and aim to serve ALL members of our community, not just those who share my views
- Goal oriented – successful communities have a clear sense of direction and a widely shared vision. I advocate a local government that is effective, efficient and priority driven.
- Protect small businesses
Like many of you, I find Powell to be an exceptional place to live and my goal is to maintain the existing services and small-town atmosphere. I believe that successful planning leads to successful execution and while there are many other items that can attract our attention, I aim to focus and prioritize my attention on the following items:
- Traffic enhancements and improvements
- Economic Development
- Expand recreational services, programming and cultural events
- Financial Management of City resources
- Focus on the City’s organizational restructure
- Public Safety
Specifics on each goal:
- Traffic – our Keep Powell Moving plans are the foundation for which we will aim to improve traffic flows in and around the downtown district. This plan was completed a number of years ago and we’ve experienced some successful implementations as a result. However, this plan should be reviewed and connected to the City’s Capital Improvement Plan to align finances and execution. We’ve increased our paving budget over the past budget cycle and with the additional financial resources we anticipate in 2022, we plan to continue with the increased paving budget to maintain the city’s road system. Traffic modes are broader than just automobiles and in response we are also planning to invest additional financial resources towards our bike paths, downtown parking and directional signage. New traffic signals have been implemented over the last couple of years which have improved public safety while improving traffic flows. We will continue to execute our annual sidewalk, storm sewer & curb inlet repairs with our annual street maintenance program. When and where possible, we will aim to coordinate our efforts with other surrounding communities and partners. The wide array of improvements will require the City to continually seek feedback from the residents and business community to proactively address long-term transportation needs while balancing our community charm.
- Expand recreational services, programming and continue to augment our growing arts & entertainment programming for all residents within the community. This would include additional wellness programming, park amenities and usage of the Village Green for musical and cultural programming. Rebrand of Parks & Rec to Department of Quality of Life to emphasize a broader appeal to our community. Much of the City’s parks and rec programming has been historically dedicated towards our youth. Our community profile is much broader these days and our programming must adapt. We are working to allocate additional resources to help us frame future offerings, while also repurposing some of our existing classes and park amenities. In addition, the City has been working hard to diversify our entertainment programming to reflect the growth in the community.
- Economic and Business Development Growth – Protect our small businesses from the impacts of Covid-19. Deliberately manage public resources and invest in needed capital improvement projects. We will continue to work on attracting new business ventures that will align with our community and assist in our long-term development. We will also continue to seek development partners that align with our Comprehensive Plan development areas. The efforts may also involve potential annexations and possible redevelopment. These decisions impact our infrastructure and careful analysis of the benefits is critical.
- Financial Management – In the spring of 2021, the voters of Powell approved a modified income tax structure. The success of this ballot measure positions the City to deliver much needed capital improvements. The residents are anticipating a positive return on their investment. Council and administration will continue to closely monitor trends in revenues and expenses and discuss policies to address any necessary public improvements. Council and administration will also continue to assess the impact of future development efforts and ensure that these efforts align with our vision and support our financial future. Each and everyone of us monitors our household finances with a measure of scrutiny and the City is no different. We must continue to consider the future and assess our position to support the City’s long term growth with continued diligent planning & usage of the City Budget, Bond Packages, Grants and New Development funds while continuing to deliver quality services. The financial health and well-being of our community is the fabric of efforts. Without a dedicated focus on sound fiscal management, much of what we desire to see in our community will not occur.
- Public Safety – we have faced some unprecedented public health challenges since early 2020. The City has been vigilant with staff, event planning and community safeguards to ensure public health is maintained. We will continue to monitor and partner with the Delaware County Public Health District to maintain the public well-being. Our Public Safety personnel are among the best in Ohio and we aim to focus on the needs outlined in our 5-year public safety strategic plan including staffing and capital needs.
Powell is a fantastic, growing community with a very bright future. It’s important for us to maintain our perspective in the eyes of new development and focus on the best interest of our community. We realize the City is growing rapidly with developers maintaining a high level of interest in our community. We must keep an eye on smart growth. We must ask questions beyond the obvious to properly assess the affect upon our community. Thus, with the many development possibilities within the City and surrounding area, a mindful approach to zoning and annexation is important.
The last 8 years have been a great experience to learn and validate the many great qualities, services, amenities and people of our exceptional City. We have accomplished much but we have much more to do and I am seeking your support to make that happen.
Solid planning leads to successful execution. The City’s Comprehensive Plan laid out the vision and foundation for the Keep Powell Moving Initiative. We have taken several steps and planned future steps to improve traffic circulation, add parking, increase walkability and bicycling in our City.
Here’s a quick listing of completed Traffic, Bike Path & Road Circulation improvements:
- 4-Corner Left Turn restrictions
- Liberty & Seldom Seen light installation and widening.
- Liberty & Grace Drive traffic light installation.
- Paving of Sawmill Parkway from Seldom Seen to Hard Rd. through public grants.
- State Rt. 750 widening and shared-use path
- Sawmill Parkway & State Rt. 750
- Rutherford Road Surface and Bike Path Connections
- Over 3 miles of Bike Path connections completed since 2017
- Village Club Traffic Light Install
- Galloway Drive Traffic Light Install
- Grace Drive & Olentangy Traffic Light Install
- Bunker Lane Traffic Light Install
- Deceleration Lane added to Sawmill Parkway & Woods of Big Bear Farms
- Murphy Parkway extension
- Queue cutter at the downtown rail crossing to assist with traffic flow and commuter safety
- Liberty & Rutherford Road shared-used bike path connections
Future improvements in planning stages:
- Keep Powell Moving Downtown Street Connectivity
- Local & Regional sign enhancements to direct traffic
- Continue coordination and planning with regional partners (Liberty Twp, ODOT, Delaware County)
- Successfully placed the City on a solid Capital Improvement model and funding
- Successfully leveraged the City’s ‘AAA’ bond rating & low interest rates to refinance portions of the city’s debt, reducing the debt service by more than $8.85 million over the life of the bonds within the Liberty CIFA & Powell CIFAs, this saved the residents within these areas thousands of dollars in special assessment fees
- Continue to reshape, rebrand and retool the staffing model within the City Administration with the hiring of our new City Manager, Community Development Director, Finance Director, HR Partner
- Established the City’s DORA
- Judiciously navigated pending or imminent litigation
- Opened Seldom Seen Park
- Expanded the usage of the City’s Community Improvement Corporation (CIC)
- Coordinate with the CIC to provide Covid relief grants to 31 Powell based businesses
- Successfully outsource key functions such as our annual roads maintenance survey creating a cost savings
- Successfully executed and reported the key findings from the City’s biennial survey
- Established the Powell Community Chamber Band for our growing Arts and Entertainment programming
- Successfully recruited new business to Powell
- Enhanced our partnership with Liberty Township
Successful communities have a clear sense of direction and a widely shared vision. I advocate a local government that is effective, efficient and priority driven. I aim to think holistically and creatively while partnering with businesses and other communities.
My goal is to protect the quality of life we have enjoyed in Powell and to make certain that it will continue for future generations by strategically focusing on the following strategic themes:
Enhance Powell’s Appeal
Provide a Business-Friendly environment
Make Streets safe for cyclists & pedestrians
Create a vibrant downtown district
Maintain Powell’s Character
Ensure New Developments Increase Community Value
Prioritize Community Development
Support Solutions for expanded wellness programming
Support Solutions for Regional Traffic Improvements
Continue to expand on the City’s growing arts & entertainment programming
Continue to focus and expand on the City’s diverse culture
Enhance Resident Communication
Exercise Fiscal Responsibility
Continue to reduce budgetary expenses
Emphasize responsible spending without reducing services
Leverage current economic conditions to deliver quality services.
For the last few years I have focused heavily on working with my peers to resolve our traffic, business development and financial needs. In addition, I spend a considerable amount of time developing relationships with internal and external areas that help us grow as a community.
Relationships and partnerships are important to moving the needle and getting things done. We value our partnerships with Liberty Township, Delaware County and other surrounding communities. The exchange of ideas and resources expedites solutions and issue resolution. We have a successful community and our goal is to continue that trend with sound decisions that protect what we value as a community and position us well for the future.