Delay, who said he's a member of the Stoneleigh Community Association but wasn't representing them with his comments, said Thursday's session was the third he's attended regarding the derecho response.

"I want us and BGE, to get this right," he said. "I think we're trying to work with BGE; we're not trying to vilify them in the community."

But he said many people, including the elderly members of the community and small children, were "very much adversely affected" by the storm response, particularly in multiple days of 100-plus degree heat.

"It was a public health crisis," he said. "It's a complex issue, (but) eight days, in the United States, in this day and age, is unacceptable."

Reviewing the Recher response

The other hot topic at Thursday's GTCCA session was a storm of another type: the one that swept down York Road on Sept. 23 when a crowd, estimated to have been between 1,500 and 2,000, couldn't get into the Recher Theater for a late night event and had to be dispersed by police.

Baltimore County Police Capt. Jonathan Trentzsch, commander of the Towson Precinct, said he was "very proud of our officers" on the night of the incident.

He said it was 47 officers — from the county, state and university — who dispersed the crowd with essentially little damage done to property.

Seven people were arrested, three officers had minor injuries and one man was shot while walking to a parking garage by unknown assailants, suffering non-life-threatening injuries. That incident is still under investigation, Trentzsch said.

He said in the aftermath, the department has received some concerns from a few businesses, but residents and community groups have been very supportive.

Marks and GTCCA President David Kosak both described the melee as an isolated incident, but each also said it should serve as a talking point for the need for increased police presence as Towson continues to grow and redevelop.

"Redevelopment, the new theater (at Towson Square) — it's going to make Towson more and more a destination location," said Kosak. "There's a need, at the very least, to allocate more resources for Towson."

Trentzsch said 2014, when the Towson Square and other new developments will bring thousands of people to Towson, isn't far away and agreed that "we need to start looking at that right now."

This story has been updated.