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Best Week, Worst Week: Ellicott City getting back on its feet; Md. delegate charged with DWI

Ellicott City residents affected by the July flood began to feel a little bit more normal this week as parts of Main Street were reopened. Meanwhile, legal troubles began for one Maryland delegate.

Government affairs writer Bryan P. Sears reported Monday that a few businesses opened their doors this week as Howard County officials shrunk the size of a restricted area along the historic Main Street business district closed last month after an historic flood.

By Wednesday, pedestrians and vehicular traffic were able to access businesses on Main Street as Howard County Executive Alan Kittleman declared there were a number of buildings that suffered no damage or minimal damage and it was safe to allow residents to return and businesses to reopen. Some limited parking in a county-operated lot off Roussey Lane also was available.

Kittleman said the county would delay the collection of personal property taxes until at least Dec. 31 and waive associated interest and penalties.

The county will provide an additional seven days of access to business owners on Tiber Alley along the eastern side of Main Street and access will be restricted to credentialed business operators.

More areas of Main Street opened as the week progressed, with the reopening of the Main Street Bridge over the Patapsco River, restoring access to Frederick Road into Baltimore County, scheduled for early September.

The legal headaches for Maryland Del. Richard Impallaria are just beginning following his arrest on DWI charges in Ocean City.

Sears reported Monday that Impallaria, who represents Baltimore and Harford counties, was stopped by police after an officer saw him get into his illegally parked truck shortly after 8 p.m., police said. The officer who approached Impallaria saw an open container of alcohol in the car and detected  a moderate odor of alcohol on his breath. Impallaria failed to complete a series of field sobriety tests and was arrested at the scene with a blood alcohol concentration of .07, according to police. He was then cited for driving while impaired by alcohol and released.

The delegate was not charged with having an open container of alcohol, which is a violation of an Ocean City ordinance.