Martin L. Tellalian
-Manager, Civil / Structural Tank Design
-Low Temperature & Cryogenic Storage
-Chicago Bridge & Iron Company
Community / Political experience
-Senior Babe Ruth Baseball Team Manager, Downers Grove, 1983 & 1984
-Junior Achievement Project Business Instructor, Herrick Junior High, Downers Grove, 1984 to 1989 (*)
-March of Dimes Walkathon Corporate Team Chairman for CB&I, 1985 to 1990(*)
-Armenian All Saints Apostolic Church Board of Trustees, 1995 to 2001 and 2003 to 2009
-Village of Forest Park Plan Commission, January 2005 to April of 2007
-Village of Forest Park Commissioner of Public Property, May 2007 to Present.
Dates denoted with (*) are approximate.
Other / Professional experience
-Published three technical papers and have a patent associated with work done for CB&I.
-Completed graduate courses in project management and mathematics at the University of Tennessee Space Institute and the Illinois Institute of Technology.
-Bachelors of Science in General Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1975
-Masters of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1981
List the top challenges facing this board and how you would address them
“The role of the village is to ensure that village services are provided effectively and as efficiently as possible. Village services fall broadly into the following categories.
-Provide and maintain safe water, sewer, and transportation infrastructure.
-Police and fire protection.
-Ensure proper and safe developments and structures within the village.
-Facilitate and improve commerce and development.
-Provide facilities and activities for residents.
“Forest Park is well over 100 years old and our infrastructure must be maintained and improved. Specifically, an improvement plan is required for our sewer system based on a comprehensive inspection and review of the data obtained for the summer floods of 2010. Plans must be developed to mitigate flooding in our neighborhoods as much as possible within the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. State and Federal funding programs must be pursued and secured. In addition, the village needs to assist residents in identifying the proper modifications required for their specific home and assist the residents in contracting for the proper modifications at a fair price. Residents must be provided with the information and guidance to enable them to select the best flood prevention modification for their home.
“As a part of the Chicago metropolitan area, our police and fire departments must continue to collaborate with surrounding communities and agencies to improve the safety of Forest Park and our surrounding communities. Forest Park recently activated a K-9 unit which should be a shared resource in our mutual aid agreements with surrounding communities. Within Forest Park, some areas of our community are especially prone to criminal activity. Seizure funds should be used to establish video surveillance in high crime areas of our village.
“Like many older established communities, Forest Park has a mix of residential and commercial structures. The village recently updated the building code requirements in the village and the zoning requirements for single family and two unit dwellings. However, a greater number of residential zoning districts may need to be established to better define our neighborhoods and allow development with far fewer variances to our zoning code. In addition, our zoning codes need to encourage the de-conversion of some multi-unit dwellings that were originally built with fewer units. Our recently revised zoning codes do not encourage de-conversions of those units which are below our current minimum dwelling size or which do not have safe access.
“Our ability to provide facilities and activities for our residents and our ability to facilitate and improve commerce and development is dependent on our ability to provide our essential services efficiently and cost effectively. Forest Park has a village administrator and a commission form of government which gives the ultimate administrative responsibility to the elected officials. This dual administrative responsibility is ineffective and inefficient. Public meetings must be conducted to provide our residents with the information required to evaluate our form of government and consider alternatives. The Village of Forest Park also needs to reduce our expenditures for professional services and to conduct the people’s business openly and with complete transparency.”
Personal Stats –
Born and raised in Forest Park
54 years old
Married to Lois, 2 children: Augustino, Anthony Jr. and daughter-in-law Sarah Beth
Parishioner, St. Bernardine, Forest Park
Member of the Forest Park Kiwanis Club since 1982
Former Chairperson St. Bernardine Parish Council
Former Treasurer, and Coach Forest Park Little League
Former Auxiliary Police Officer of 14 years, Village of Forest Park
Former Chairman, Board of Fire and police Commissioners Village of Forest Park
Former Village Commissioner of Accounts and Finance, Village of Forest Park
Mayor Village of Forest Park 1999-Present
Founder and President, Illinois Alarm Service, Inc. 1979-Present
Years in Municipal Service –
Years in Electronic Security Industry –
Professional Memberships –
Electronic Security Association (ESA)
Illinois Electronic Security Association (IESA)
Illinois Fire Inspectors Association
West Suburban Chiefs of Police Association
American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS)
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Municipal Credits –
Academy for Municipal Excellence – Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the Illinois Municipal League Leadership Forum (course completed September 2006)
Academy for Municipal Excellence – Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the Illinois Municipal League LEAD program (course completed September 2001)
Industry Credentials –
Certified Technician Level #1 (NBFAA)
Certified Training Instructor (NBFAA)
Member, Industry Advisory Committee, Underwriters Laboratories
Government related Positions Held –
Current Co-Chair Cook County Homeland Security Intergovernmental Committee
Current executive board member of the West Central Municipal Conference
Founding board member of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Steering Committee member for the West Cook Housing Collaborative
Past President, West Central Municipal League
Past President, Proviso Municipal League
Past Board Member, Proviso Council on Aging
Industry Positions Held –
Regional Director, National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association – 1988-1990
Secretary, National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association – 1990-1991
Vice President, National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association – 1991-1994
Secretary, Illinois Electronic Security Association – 1984 – 1985
Chapter Training coordinator, Illinois Electronic Security Association – 1985-1997
Board Member, Illinois Electronic Security Association – 1988-1992
Secretary, Alarm Industry Research & Education Foundation – 1996
Chair, False Alarm Prevention Team, Illinois Electronic Security Association – 1996
Vice President, Illinois Electronic Security Association – 1998-2003
President, Illinois Electronic Security Association – 2003-2007
Municipal Related Awards –
Cook County Sheriff Youth Service Friend of Youth Award
Triton College Foundation
Leadership Award (Senator Cronin)
Governor’s Home Town Award
Department of the Army
Save a Life Foundation
Industry Awards –
Professional Alarm Technician, 1988
Service Organization –
32 degree mason and Shriner
Past President, Forest Park Kiwanis Club
Past Lieutenant Governor Division #6 Kiwanis International
Lions Club International
Other Points of Interest –
Graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Citizens Academy – 2007
Co-creator in the development of the NBFAA National Training School – 1985
Speaker, International Security Conferences (ISC)
Guest lecturer, National Crime Prevention Institute
Quoted numerous occasions, Chicago Tribune on matters related to the electronic security industry.
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