The Madison Board of Public Works and Safety approved a $3.6 million construction bid from Dugan & Meyers Construction Co. to make improvements to the city's water pollution control facility, as part of the city's long-term plan.

During a public hearing on June 26, the city received construction bids from three companies, City Utilities Manager Brian Jackson said. Dugan & Meyers Construction came in the lowest of the three.

The Board of Public Works and Safety unanimously approved the bid Monday. Pace Contracting, LLC and Mitchell & Stark Construction Co., Inc. also bid on the project.

The bid is contingent upon the city receiving a state revolving fund loan, which is necessary to fund the project.

Also at the meeting, the board held a public hearing to announce the city is applying for a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to help pay for new equipment for firefighters.

Community Relations Coordinator Andrew Forrester said if the city receives the grant, the funding would be used to buy 30 pairs of new firefighting jackets and pants for the city's fire departments.

The new gear will cost $66,750, Forrester said. The grant, if awarded to the city, will cover $23,363, or 35 percent of the total cost. The city would be responsible for $28,000, while the individual fire companies would pay the remaining balance.

Madison has budgeted $5,700 for new firefighting equipment, meaning the city would need to cover an additional $22,000 if awarded the grant.

"We want to make sure everyone is equipped properly," Forrester said.

Fire Chief Steve Horton said the projected life span for firefighting coats and pants is around seven years.

In other business:

• Gov. Mike Pence will ride through Madison later this month for the 2014 Ride With the Governor.

Motorcyclists are invited to join ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) of Indiana for the annual motorcycle ride on July 25. The riders will start at the Indiana Statehouse at 10 a.m. and make their way down to the Vaughn Drive Gazebo around 4 p.m.

The ride is free, but donations are being accepted for the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund.

Vaughn Drive will be closed from 3 to 5 p.m.

• Police Chief Dan Thurston announced that 26 arrests were made during Regatta weekend. That number is way down from previous years, Thurston said.

The police chief said during his first year in Madison, 1997, the police made more than 180 arrests during regatta weekend.