Utica Sign Tower Coming Down

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Incident From Summer Cited

The 125 foot tower, that carries on it the illuminated letters UTICA in bright red, will be removed in the very near future. The announcement was made Monday afternoon by the Utica Landmark Tower Corporation, which erected the tower in 2014.

In the announcement, the corporation noted that “many issues have been identified and have yet to be resolved from the climbing incidents.” Those incidents refer to a situation that developed in August, 2019, when a local man twice cut through the ten foot fence that surrounds the tower and climbed to the top of the structure.

The corporation’s announcement explained:

Operational activities of all parties involved remained cooperative until the two-time entry of an individual who cut through the ten foot, barbed wire topped fence to climb to the top of the Tower in 2019. The incidents required first responders at considerable expense, as well as a costly crane. The crane disturbed the top layer of soil near the Tower, of which lower layers of the soil are considered contaminated.

The parties involved include the Utica Landmark Tower Corporation, City of Utica, the New York State Canal Corporation, the New York State Thruway Authority, Oneida County and the DEC. The announcement notes that all of the parties are concerned with the financial responsibilities and future liabilities associated with ensuring security at the site.

The announcement also noted:

The Utica Landmark Tower Corporation is not in a position, nor do they have the desire to compete with the may bureaucratic institutions involved. Thus far, many issues have been identified and have yet to be resolved from the climbing incidents.

The removal of the tower is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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