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New fence in Dyer

Fence Masters employee Armando Aurios grinds a piece of a concrete fence in July the company was installing along Calumet Avenue in Dyer. The most recent expected shipment of fencing did not arrive, and the company may be going out of business. The town is considering using a new fencing-materials supplier.

DYER — In the seemingly never-ending saga of the Calumet Avenue fence installation, there’s a mix of bad and possibly good news, the town’s Redevelopment Commission learned late last week.

Tom DeGiulio, town manager, told commission members at their study session that repeated delays in delivery of fencing materials from a Texas supplier “is disappointing at best … We’re not sure we will get the materials.”

DeGiulio said he and town attorney Bill Enslen have met with Peter Biancardi, of Fence Masters, the company selected to install the Chiselcrete fencing provided by Artisan Precast based in Tyler, Texas. A new fencing-materials supplier now is being considered, he said.

“We were supposed to get three shipments of fencing materials this week, but we didn’t get them,” Enslen said.

The new supplier’s product is similar to the Chiselcrete fencing, but may be a different color, he said. That new type of precast fencing would be installed on the east side of Calumet Avenue.

RDC members expressed concern about the delays in the Calumet Avenue beautification project.

“We’ve lost too many weeks,” said Mary Tanis, RDC president, about the project that is being funded evenly between the 2015 Dyer RDC bond and tax increment financing revenues earmarked for RDC use.

Commissioner Debbie Astor asked DeGiulio why fencing poles supplied by Artisan Precast have been installed on the east side of Calumet Avenue.

“We put the poles up before this problem (with material delivery delays) happened,” DeGiulio said. “It looks like this company is teetering.”

Fortunately, he said, the town didn’t select the PVC fencing option.

“That company has already gone out of business,” he said.


Assistant Local News Editor