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'Banshee' to begin filming in Vandergrift

| Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 1:11 a.m.

It will be lights, camera, action next week in Vandergrift for Season Four of the Cinemax TV series “Banshee.”

Council on Monday night approved an agreement with Screaming Spirit Productions that will pay Vandergrift $25,000 each for the eight episodes.

Filming in the borough starts Monday and will take at least two weeks for the first two episodes.

The fees cover the use of police officers, public streets, parking lots and other non-private properties.

“Banshee” is about an ex-con who assumes the identity of the sheriff of the small, Pennsylvania town of Banshee.

Shooting on May 11 will feature a drone helicopter in downtown Vandergrift.

Filming also will be done on Dime Road and Airport Road in nearby Parks Township next week.

The series has filmed in locations in Allegheny Township and Plum.

The majority of shooting will take place in Vandergrift, where the production company turned a former JCPenney storefront into Banshee's sheriff's department, according to James Mahathey, a locations manager with Screaming Spirit.

Swimming pool, park repaired

The Vandergrift pool will be opening on time on Memorial Day.

Repairs to the facility have been made, including plugging four major leaks in the concrete pool.

Ten lifeguards have been hired.

Officials said new playground equipment will be installed at Kennedy Park by Monday.

The park was the scene of an accident involving a young child last year, when a swing set collapsed.

Sports & Recreation Equipment is providing the new equipment and needs to finish the swing set, its rubber base and drainage.

Council approved a $20,000 payment to Sports & Recreation Monday. The project will cost $80,000.

The money is being provided through a five-year loan from First Commonwealth Bank at an interest rate of 2.01 percent.

In other business

• Officials said the two portions of Phase II of the stormwater/sewerage replacement project are each 77 percent finished.

Monzo Construction and Glenn Johnston & Co. are chiefly concentrating on restoration.

The projects are on track to be completed in November.

• The borough made its final payment on a nearly $413,000 loan that provided sewerage to homes along LaBelle Vue Road.

The project started in 2009, but Vandergrift is paying the loan off 18 months before its due date.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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