Limerick Steeple Jacks work on the 124-year-old flagpole on top of the Thomas Hill Standpipe in Bangor on Wednesday. The upkeep should be complete in the next few weeks. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

The flagpole that looms atop the Thomas Hill standpipe will be temporarily taken down as workers refurbish the 124-year-old flagstaff.

The Bangor Water District announced the news Tuesday after the agency said it had fielded phone calls from curious residents who had seen workers on the standpipe’s roof.

Kathy Moriarty, Bangor Water’s general manager, said that agency workers had noticed there was pitting on the side of the pole and decided to address the matter to ensure it was structurally sound.

Greg Sanborn (left), owner of Limerick Steeple Jacks, welds several areas of the flagpole on top of the Thomas Hill Standpipe to fill in some pitting that has occurred over the years. Limerick Steeple Jacks was working on the 124-year-old flagpole in Bangor on Wednesday and should have the upkeep complete in the next few weeks. Credit: Linda Coan O’Kresik / BDN

The flagpole is the original one that was put in place when the 1.5 million-gallon water tank was built in 1897, Moriarty said, predating the Spanish-American War, the advent of the personal automobile and both World Wars.

Greg Sanborn of Limerick Steeplejacks said the pole was rusty, and that he and his workers had repaired it, taken the old paint off and given it a new coat.

Moriarty said she expected that the repairs would finish in a few weeks, after which the flagpole could fly its flag high again over Bangor.

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