Photos by Faith Bemiss | Democrat
Rocky Steffin, left, and Lowell Cabaniss, labors for W & M Welding Inc., prepare to remove the cross from the steeple at Broadway Presbyterian Church Tuesday morning, while Mark Raetz operates the crane below. The steeple was being removed for repairs to the roof, to stop a leak . Haulotte Construction Services would be making the repairs.
Keith Haulotte, owner of the construction business, said he estimated the steeple to be close to 40 feet tall including the cross. He added that during the descent, Steffin and Cabaniss crawled into the base of the steeple to loosen hardware for its removal. After loosening the hardware the men gently brought the cross to the ground, giving it to Haulotte to place securely inside the church. Cabaniss said the entire steeple base would also be replaced during the work.
The men were able to finally detach the steeple and Raetz lifted it off the church roof around 3:45 p.m. Brett Roquet part of the church’s Building and Grounds Ministry Team said they hoped to have the steeple back up within 24 hours. He added the the cross was being powder coated with gold paint by Sure Coat LLC, of Sedalia.