Elevator Safety Board Final Meeting Minutes November 14, 2018


Meeting Minutes

November 14, 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 and Amy Infelt (via phone)

Member absent: Justin Carleton

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

III.        ​​​​​​​Approval of agenda

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

IV.        Approval of minutes from September 20, 2018

Ms. Kerry Dixon moved to approve the September 20, 2018 minutes. Mr. Sims seconded the motion and the board approved it unanimously.

V.         Item for Action

Petition for waiver of machine room clearance requirement in an existing building submitted on behalf of Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines by Amy Quigley​​​​​​​

Ms. Amy Quigley, Otis Elevator, provided information to the board regarding this variance request.  Ms. Quigley stated that the clearance is only 77 inches.

Ms. Dixon moved to approve the variance due to hardship for the owner and conditions that minimize any danger.  The motion included the following conditions:           

  1. The machine deck shall be provided with standard railing and vertical access ladder.
  2. Mechanical room lighting shall be not less than 19 foot candles in the vicinity of the elevator equipment and elevator controls.
  3. Demarcation striping shall be applied to the ceiling beam located near the elevator equipment.
  4. A 10 ABC fire extinguisher shall be located in the mechanical room.
  5. The mechanical room access door shall be marked on the outside with signs stating “Warning- Authorized Personnel Only” and “Caution-Low Overhead”. Letters shall be no less than 1 inch in height be highlighted on contrasting background.

Ms. Uehling seconded the motion.  Mr. Clabaugh abstained.  The remainder of the board approved the motion.

Ms. Infelt joined the meeting at 9:04 a.m.

VI.        Division of Labor Report

Labor Commissioner Michael Mauro reported that Michelle Gilbert transferred from the elevator program to the boiler program. She will be assisting with elevator until a new clerical staff is hired.

There are two inspector openings. One individual interviewed for the position but declined the offer.  The Commissioner stated that the division is still having difficulties hiring inspectors due to the pay scale.

The division will present a financial report to the board at the beginning of the year.

Ms. Uehling stated that she appeared before the Rules Review Committee regarding the rules for hoistway lighting and conduit. She reported that there were no questions. The public hearing is scheduled for today and the rule will be eligible for vote by the December 4th meeting. The effective date that was put into the rule is March 1, 2019.

VII.       Communications

No communications.

VIII.      Next meeting dates

  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. 150 Des Moines Street
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. 150 Des Moines Street

IX.        Next meeting agenda

  • Notice of Intended Action ARC 4088C concerning hoistway lighting and conduit
  • Petition for Declaratory Order from Marc Wallace

X.         Public comments 

Mr. Mark Traetow, Schumacher Elevator, spoke to the board about his concerns regarding enforcement of the A17.3 rules beginning May 1, 2020.  He believes that not all inspectors are leaving the notice form for the owners.  He also stated that some owners will wait until the last minute to try to get the work done.  Mr. Traetow stated that the State of Illinois charges $200 for alterations required by A17.3. He also suggested accepting the alterations at the next annual inspection rather than performing an acceptance inspection.  It was noted that the State of Minnesota extended their deadline for enforcement of A17.3 an extra three years.

The elevator board agreed to have a subcommittee address concerns regarding the enforcement of the A17.3 changes.  The subcommittee will consist of Ms. Kesterson, Mr. Clabaugh, Mr. Borwey, Mr. Baedke, Ms. Uehling, and Ms. Dixon.

Mr. Briggs asked if they should be concerned about being towed from the parking lot. He was assured that the parking lot is open to the board meeting attendees.

XI.        Adjournment

Mr. Sims moved to adjourn the meeting. The board approved.  The meeting adjourned at 9:25 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Ms. Kerry Dixon, Secretary