Revive Fest schedules free concert Saturday in downtown Mineola


The Mineola City Council on Oct. 22 gave East Texas Revive Fest permission to close portions of Commerce Street and Johnson Street in downtown Mineola for host a free Christian music concert on Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Commerce Street will be closed for two blocks west of U.S. 69, and Johnson Street will be closed one block south of U.S. 80.

East Texas Revive Fest staged what was expected to be an all-day Christian music festival on Sept. 15 at the Mineola Nature Preserve. Inclement weather, however, caused the festival to be shut down early. Vendors, who had paid to set up booths at the Sept. 15 festival, lost revenue. The Nov. 3 event is a way for those vendors to recoup some of their expenses, according to a memo from the Revive Fest board.

The City Council also granted the Chamber of Commerce permission to block off Commerce Street for two blocks west of U.S. 69 and Johnson Street from Commerce to East Broad and From West Kirkpatrick Street to East Broad for its community Trunk or Treat program.

In yet another street closing request, the council approved closing off portions for Johnson Street and Commerce Street during the annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting program on Dec. 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In other business, the council approved boosting the city’s water tap fees, which had not been adjusted since 2008. The new rates are as follows: Inside the city limits; ¾ inch - $1,000; 1 inch - $1,500; 2 inch - $3,200. Outside the city limits; ¾ inch - $1,600; 1 inch - $2,100; 2 inch - $3,700.