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  • Steve Hubert of Quade Construction uses a boom lift to reach the top of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Thursday, first scraping the old paint off the cross, then priming and repainting the metal structure. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Steve Hubert of Quade Construction uses a boom lift to reach the top of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Thursday, first scraping the old paint off the cross, then priming and repainting the metal structure. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Steve Hubert of Quade Construction uses a boom lift to reach the top of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Thursday, first scraping the old paint off the cross, then priming and repainting the metal structure. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Steve Hubert of Quade Construction uses a boom lift to reach the top of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Thursday, first scraping the old paint off the cross, then priming and repainting the metal structure. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Steve Hubert of Quade Construction uses a boom lift to reach the top of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Thursday, first scraping the old paint off the cross, then priming and repainting the metal structure. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Steve Hubert of Quade Construction uses a boom lift to reach the top of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Thursday, first scraping the old paint off the cross, then priming and repainting the metal structure. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Steve Hubert of Quade Construction uses a boom lift to reach the top of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Thursday, first scraping the old paint off the cross, then priming and repainting the metal structure. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Steve Hubert of Quade Construction uses a boom lift to reach the top of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Thursday, first scraping the old paint off the cross, then priming and repainting the metal structure. Press photo by Bob Steenson

By Bob Steenson, bsteenson@charlescitypress.com

Steve Hubert was getting what might be considered a God’s-eye view of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Charles City’s downtown and the riverfront Thursday.

Hubert, of Quade Construction in Charles City, was doing some maintenance work on the steeple, perched atop the extended arm of a boom truck.

Father Gary Mayer, pastor of the parish, said the window high on the steeple was leaking and was being replaced, and they figured as long as they had the equipment there they should give the cross atop the steeple a fresh coat of paint.

Hubert scraped off the old paint, gave the cross a coat of gray primer then applied bright white paint.

Mayer said other recent work at the church included putting in a new drainage system to move water from the south side of the building to the storm sewer.

The heating and cooling for the church, which includes the parish office and Mayer’s residence, ran under the floors and was rusting because of the presence of water, Mayer said. In some instances water was coming up through ducts, he said.

“We put the ductwork in the ceiling, and now we’ll seal off the ductwork in the floor,” he said.

Immaculate Conception Church steeple work, Charles City, Iowa

Steve Hubert of Quade Construction uses a boom lift to reach the top of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City on Thursday, first scraping the old paint off the cross, then priming then repainting the metal structure.

Posted by Charles City Press on Thursday, August 29, 2019

 

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