SARTELL -- Sartell officials continue to look at the idea of adding a solar garden.

Early this evening (Monday) the city council unanimously approved a land lease agreement with SolarStone, with city owned property for the site of the solar garden.

Two weeks ago the council decided to form a subcommittee to help move forward on the project, which came up with a recommended land lease proposal.

The lease would be for 35 years and cost $800 per acre on the 40 acre location. The acreage would broken down into two separate sites. (the former Grede landfill and a former city lagoon).

Planning and Community Development Director Anita Rasmussen says they are still in the early stages and need to finalize a contract with SolarStone before the project can begin.

The land proposed for the solar garden still requires a conditional use permit and a public hearing would need to be held.

Final proposals and contracts will be brought back for council for approval at a later date.

Proposed area where solar garden may sit. (Photo: Sartell City Hall)