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Film crew plans 2-day stay in Vandergrift

Hollywood is coming to Vandergrift.

Charlie Herrington of Dreamworks reviewed with council on Monday night plans for the movie “I Am Number Four,” which will be shot in the borough June 1-2.

Shooting will begin about 3 p.m. on those days and continue until dawn the next morning. Most of the shooting will be centered on the Grant Avenue business corridor.

Storefronts that currently are empty will be used for businesses described in the movie, such as the former Sweetlane Chocolates being used as a diner.

Crews will begin transforming the storefronts the week of May 17.

Current businesses will stay open during the filming. Grant Avenue will be closed during filming, and about 40 spaces at the Columbia Avenue parking lot will be used as a staging area. Pedestrian traffic will be stopped sporadically for one to three minutes.

Borough officials will help find about 150 parking spaces at public lots for the extras to use during filming.

In other business:

Council awarded a contract of nearly $107,000 to Thomas Contracting of Greensburg for the 31st Street sewage separation project.

Thomas was the low bidder among seven companies.

The project will be paid for by the federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act — better known as the federal stimulus program.

• Borough Secretary Stephen Delle Donne will attend a meeting Wednesday in Greensburg that will determine how much reimbursement Vandergrift will be given for the $35,000 spent in the costliest 48-hour period in February during the snow emergency.

The state was awarded about $50 million from FEMA for municipal reimbursements, with each county distributing the money.

• The borough is eligible for up to a $100,000 grant from the federal Agriculture Department.

Vandergrift would like to buy two police cars, a one-ton pickup truck and and a 1 1/2-ton dump truck. Those vehicles are expected to cost about $143,000, with the borough paying 45 percent of that.

• Recreation officials still need lifeguards to staff the borough pool this summer.

Applicants can call the borough office at 724-567-7818. The pool is slated to open May 29.

• Council awarded a one-year contract to Key Tex of Jeannette to supply bulk electricity for borough street lights at 68 cents per kilowatt hour.

Vandergrift currently pays about 99 cents per kwh. The borough is expected to save about $15,000 the first year of the program.

• Officials will apply for either a grant or a loan of $3.5 million from PennVEST for the first phase of the borough’s sewage/stormwater separation project. An application for the state’s H2O program was turned down.


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