UTICA — A reader is hoping to see a cleaner street after a public parking sign on King Street fell and broke this summer.

The sign demarcates public parking for the King Street parking lot. The foundation for the sign is on King Street, behind Swifty’s and Key Bank, and across from the Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Pictures the reader sent to the Observer-Dispatch show the sign’s casing lying on the street, with damaged frame parts hanging loosely from the foundation.

Fortunately, the sign should be fixed soon, according to city officials.

The problem

A large public parking sign that fell and broke on King Street.

The solution

Mike Mahoney, Utica’s city engineer, said replacing the sign is one of his immediate priorities.

“Believe it or not, I’ve been waiting for a quote,” Mahoney said. “I am aware of it and we are going to fix it.”

Mahoney also said they are “probably going to do the whole sign over,” though they will look to see if the original sign can be repaired.

The sign originally was completed by Serianni Signs, which is in Frankfort.

Mahoney added that the sign blew down during a storm over the summer. He did not have a specific date when it happened.

When the sign is fixed depends on when he gets the quote – though he said he would call soon to finalize the price.

“We need to get it taken care of,” he added. “Well get it fixed, that’s for sure.”

Reporter Joseph Labernik 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 jlabernik@uticaod.com. Letters also can be sent to Public Eye, Observer-Dispatch, 221 Oriskany Plaza, Utica, NY 13501.