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Wednesday, January 03, 2018 1:00 am

Council votes in newest president

Freistroffer chosen unanimously for '18

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Fort Wayne City Council elected Councilman Tom Freistroffer its president for 2018.

The president is responsible for directing the weekly committee and regular session meetings. A different council member takes over as president each year.

Freistroffer was elected to City Council in 2015.

“I think we had a fruitful 2017, and hopefully in 2018 we can grow on that momentum and ride that momentum. I'll do my best to communicate with all you guys here in 2018 in the best way I can and do my best for you as a president,” Freistroffer told the rest of the council Tuesday.

“I think Tom Didier did a great job as president, and I remember last year when he sat up here at the table, the first thing he said is, 'I'm going to keep the agenda going,' so that's what I'm going to try to do this year.”

Councilman John Crawford, R-at large, will serve as vice president.

Freistroffer also took the opportunity Tuesday to schedule council's first Fifth Tuesday meeting for Jan. 30, with representatives from the Electric Works project at the former General Electric campus.

“It's going to be a big project here in 2018. I think they have 39 acres, 18 buildings and over 1 million square feet. So there's a lot to work with out there,” Freistroffer said. “I think it's very transparent for the public to be able to have people like Electric Works come in on a fifth Tuesday and just for the public to hear what's going on along with the council.”