MATTOON -- The City Council is scheduled tonight to consider approving the replacement of the Mattoon Police Department’s mobile radio system and the solicitation of bids for the new system.

Police Chief Jason Taylor wrote in his council decision request that the department's mobile radio system is aged and outdated, and in need of replacement.

"The current radio system has been deteriorating exceedingly more over a number of years with transmission problems such as static problems and 'cutting out,' which is a major safety issue," Taylor said.

The down payment for the estimated $150,000 new mobile radio system will be from the city budget's radios line item, and the balance will be financed between three to five years at $35,000 to $50,000 per year through a bank or Motorola.

In other matters, the council is scheduled to acknowledge the retirement of former police Chief Jeff Branson and fire Capt. Jim Donnell. They had each served 28 years. The board also will consider approving the promotion of Engineer Michael Shane Diepholz to captain to fill Donnell's post.

The council is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 208 N. 19th St. Other proposed actions on the agenda include:

  • Purchasing a 2018 Chevrolet Impala administrative package vehicle for $23,479 from Myles Chevrolet for the police department.
  • Re-appointing Carolyn Cloyd, Dan Lawrence and John Covington to the Public Works Advisory Board.

The full meeting agenda and related documents have been posted online at


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