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New roof protecting artifacts
News · November 02, 2012


The Heritage Museum got a new roof last week, installed by West Branch Roofing and paid for by a $30,000 Main Street Iowa Challenge grant it landed earlier this year, as well as some matching funds.
Heritage Foundation member Lou Picek said roofers found seven layers of rubber roofing that needed to be removed before they could replace bowed cross beams underneath.

The Foundation hoped to fill the 119-year-old walls with insulation while the roof was off, but that could not be coordinated, Picek said, so it will have to be done at a later date and in a different way.

Picek said West Branch Roofing co-owner Chris Rushton commented he was surprised the old roof did not cave in.

"We're glad they're getting it done before the snow flies," Picek said.

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