Green replied, "Yes."
According to a document on the county's website, the system has alarm conditions and automatic shutoffs in case of emergency.
Feldmark said that the county is always looking for better ways to communicate but added that officials did take steps to inform residents by posting information on the website and ads in the newspaper.
The next step is to "regroup" and "put together a proposal," after hearing residents' concerns.
The generator, which will be housed in a structure about the size of a tractor-trailer container, is expected to cost just under $3.9 million, with an estimated 10- to 15-year payback period, depending on the energy market.
The project is in the design stage and awaiting permits from the Maryland Department of the Environment, a county spokesman said.