UTICA – What goes up must come down.

But when it comes to metal objects at quite a height, that could pose a major problem for those walking below.

The issue

A metal flagholder in the painted alley in Franklin Square was balancing precariously on its metal spike as it was spotted by Public Eye while walking around downtown.

The site has lately picked up a lot more foot traffic, hosting movie nights put together by Made In Utica, Bite Bakery and Cafe and Nomad Cinema.

Because of that uptick in activity, having a metal piece become unbolted from the wall could result in quite a liability for the city.

The future

Utica Department of Public Works Commissioner Dave Short said that the department was unaware of the hanging metal piece, but was concerned to hear of its unsafe balancing act and would be correcting the problem.

"I'll have to go over there and check that out," Short said.

Reporter Carolyn Bostick investigates neighborhood complaints each week and reports the findings. If something is broken or neglected in your neighborhood, tip off Public Eye by sending an email with a thorough description of the problem to news@uticaod.com. Letters also can be sent to Public Eye, Observer-Dispatch, 221 Oriskany Plaza, Utica, NY 13501.