Elevator Safety Board Final Meeting Minutes December 4, 2018


Meeting Minutes

December 4, 2018

I.        Call to order

Chairperson Kris Kesterson called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. in the conference room at 150 Des Moines Street, Des Moines, Iowa.

II.       Roll call

Members present:          Kris Kesterson , Peggy VandenBerg (via phone), Wayne Sims, Kerry Dixon, Kathleen Uehling, Craig Clabaugh, Marvin Schumacher (via phone) and Justin Carleton

Member absent: Amy Infelt​​​​​​​

Ms. Caroline Barrett, Assistant Attorney General 2, also attended.

III.       Approval of agenda

Ms. Dixon moved to approve the agenda and Mr. Sims seconded the motion. The Board approved it unanimously.

IV.        Approval of minutes from Nov ember 14, 2018

Mr. Sims moved to approve the November 14, 2018 minutes. Ms. Uehling seconded the motion and the board approved it unanimously.

V.         Item for Action

  1. Petition for Declaratory Order from Marc Wallace regarding a conveyance at 126 West Second Street, Muscatine (E2018-193).

On behalf of the petitioner, Marc Wallace, Mr. Jeremy Musil, AEL, Inc, provided information to the board regarding this request.  Mr. Wallace has begun renovation at this location in downtown Muscatine.  He plans to have an art studio on the first floor and his private residence on the second and third floors.  He also wants to install a private residence elevator that would be accessible through the art studio.  Board members were reluctant to rule that the elevator would be in a private dwelling since access to the elevator would be available only through the business.

Mr. Musil offered to provide a revised floor plan.  Ms. Dixon moved to table the matter.  Mr. Sims seconded the motion.  Ms. VandeBerg left the meeting via phone call sometime during the presentation.

The board unanimously agreed to table the petition.

  1. Notice of Intended Action published October 24, 2018, as ARC 4088C concerning hoistway lighting and conduit.

Ms. Uehling stated that the Notice of Intended Action was published and no comments were received from the public. 

Mr. Sims moved to approve the Notice of Intended Action ARC 4088C. Ms. Dixon seconded. Mr. Carleton voted nay.  The remaining board members approved the motion.

VI.        Division of Labor Report

Mr. Jim Borwey, Elevator Manager, stated there are two inspector openings. A candidate that interviewed for the position declined the offer.  The Commissioner stated that the division is still having difficulties hiring inspectors due to the pay scale.

The department will also be hiring two clerical staff.

VII.       Report of the A17.3 committee

Ms. Dixon stated that the subcommittee on A17.3 is discussing a rule change for items that require alteration permits.  The subcommittee is considering reducing costs for an alteration permit for A17.3 upgrades through January 2020.  The subcommittee will meet following the full board meeting.

VIII.       Communications


IX.        Next meeting dates

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. 150 Des Moines Street
  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. 150 Des Moines Street

X.         Next meeting agenda

  • Financial update by Division of Labor
  • Report by the A17.3 Subcommittee
  • Variance application from Principal Financial Group (E2019-001)
  • Tabled Petition for Declaratory Order from Marc Wallace (E2018-193)

XI.        Public comments 

No public comments.

XII.       Adjournment

Ms. Dixon moved to adjourn the meeting. The board approved.  The meeting adjourned at 9:42 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Ms. Kerry Dixon, Secretary