The Board of Works met Friday to approve two grants that will be used to improve the city's riverfront.

The grants will allow Madison to build a new boat dock. The 100-foot-long dock will cost $80,000, of which $54,000 will be covered by the first grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

The dock will also have a new pump out station, costing $29,000. The second IDEM grant will cover $21,750. The Riverfront Development Committee is splitting the remaining cost with the city, which will be $16,625 for each group.

The new dock will have seven floating docking stations.

Mayor Damon Welch said the board is expecting future grants that will be put toward riverfront development

"We'll be seeing some pretty neat stuff along the riverfront," Welch said.

The board called the special meeting so the city will be able to utilize the grants as quickly as possible. Once approved, the grants have to be sent to Indianapolis to be signed by Attorney General Greg Zoeller, a process that Andrew Forrester, executive assistant for community relations, said would take at least 45 days.