The Jacksonville City Council voted Tuesday night to set aside just under $2 million to hire an independent attorney to help navigate the complexities of privatization of JEA. The money will be drawn from the City investment pool earnings within the general fund. The legislation was introduced with a request for emergency passage given the scheduled lapse of funding at the close of the fiscal year. “We do have a call out to firms to let us know of their interest and the deadline for that is October 25th, so we are moving forward in this process”, said City Council Member Michael Boylan. “This is a legacy issue, we’ve talked about that time and again. This is going to be impacting generations”, Boylan said. WOKV reported in July when the JEA Board voted to begin the privatization effort. Last week, the JEA Board selected nine companies to begin negotiating with. By February of 2020, a recommendation is expected to be made to the JEA Board, followed by a vote by the full City Council, then finally voters. Earlier on Tuesday, the JEA CEO Aaron Zahn announced they have officially decided to proceed with a move to a new headquarters on West Adams Street in downtown. 'The decision to move forward is the right thing to do for JEA employees and customers and supports downtown development. The new headquarters will be capable of serving JEA as it exists today or in any other possible future state as a result of the current strategic planning process,' says Zahn, in a statement. WOKV told you back in June, when JEA's Board of Directors approved a lease agreement with Ryan Companies for a build to suit headquarters on West Adams Street, and the Jacksonville City Council approved the sale of the land for the project.