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Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis thinks Harriman should make some changes to its codes enforcement.
Ellis, whose family owns a small business called Ellis Surplus and Salvage, recently was miffed to find out he has been violating city codes by having a small sign on the downtown sidewalk.
Other businesses, such as the bakery, also have had such signs, but officials said they also have been notified they must go.
Ellis’s business recently moved from its previous location on Morgan Avenue to the former Roane Furniture building on Roane Street.
He had the contested sign at the Morgan Avenue location.
“I just wish you all could look at that. I just think it is an issue that is really the least of our worries right now,” Ellis said.
He said that the codes enforcement officer was professional and just doing her job, but he would like to see the codes changed.
Ellis said he also thought it would be helpful if the city had a packet of useful information to give out when people came to city hall to fill out a business license.
“I’ll volunteer to be on a retail business welcoming committee,” Ellis added.