Brownwood City Council members approved an Order of General Election Tuesday, setting May 4 as the election date for council members in wards 2, 3 and 5.

All three incumbents have filed for re-election, and challenger Walker Willey has also filed in Ward 5.

The incumbents are:

• Ward 2 — Ed McMillian

• Wad 3 — Larry Mathis

• Ward 5 — Jerry DeHay

In other business Tuesday, council members:

• Recognized the new assistant fire chief of the Brownwood Fire Department. Fire Chief Eddy Wood introduced Darrel Johnston as the new assistant chief.

Johnston, who retired from the Odessa Fire Department, replaces Grady Shuey as assistant chief.

• Approved a Building Improvement Incentive Program grant up $8,798 for property at 706 W. Commerce.

Sm Delgado is moving his car wash business — XL Custom Detail and Polish — to that location, council members were told. Delgado plans to upgrade existing buildings to accommodate a wider array of vehicles and fulfill demand in the area, council members were told.

• Approved ordinances of second and third/final readings to change the going of 3620 Milam from C-2 General Business District to MH Manufactured Home/Mobile Home District.

• Approved an ordinance on second and third/final readings regarding a change to the political sign requirements.

• Considered an ordinance on first reading amending the Fire Alarm Ordinance regarding excessive false alarm calls and the city fee ordinance regarding false alarm fees. In 2018, the fire department responded to 78 false alarms including 66 from one commercial business, council members were told. 

A fun response to a commercial fire alarm costs taxpayers about $590 an hour, and the 66 false alarms to a single business cost the city $39,000 to respond to a fire alarm that should otherwise be operating correctly, council members were told. The business has been charged $8,250 in fines.