Elevator Safety Board Meeting Minutes April 23, 2020


Meeting Minutes

April 23, 2020

I.        Call to order

Chairperson Kris Kesterson called the meeting to order at 9:02 a.m.  The meeting was held by phone.

II.        Roll call

Members present:       Kris Kesterson, Kerry Dixon, Kathleen Uehling, Craig Clabaugh, Justin Carleton, Wayne Sims, Marvin Schumacher and Peggy Vandenberg

Member absent: Amy Infelt

Ms. Caroline Barrett, Assistant Attorney General, participated via phone.

Ms. Kesterson reviewed the ground rules for the phone meeting.  Board members were requested to identify themselves when they speak.

III.        Approval of agenda

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

IV.        Approval of minutes from March 11, 2020

Ms. Dixon moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting. Mr. Sims seconded the motion and the board approved it unanimously.

  1. Item for Action
  1. Variance application to allow passage through the elevator mechanical room to a non-elevator mechanical room in Blair House (E2020-006)

Mr. Mike Thome, Mr. Randy Smith, Ms. Julie Beckett and Mr. Stan Turner represented Blair House. The building was erected in 1965 and all of the mechanical equipment is on the 11th floor. They are requesting a variance so they can continue to pass through the elevator equipment room to access mechanical equipment in another room. They report that the elevator room is locked at all times.  Maintenance staff will accompany a contractor who needs access.

Ms. Uehling made a motion to approve the variance with the following conditions:  1) Paint a clear pathway to the non-elevator equipment room doorway and to the ladder leading to the fire department roof access; 2) All elevator controller cabinets must be closed and locked with a group 1 security key when not in use; 3) Install a sign on the elevator machine room door saying, “Caution - Authorized Personnel Only”; 4) Signage shall be in a minimum of 1” letters on a contrasting background; 5) No further equipment, other than replacement equipment, shall be added to the non-elevator equipment spaces to minimize future access; 6) All work shall be completed by June 23, 2020. Ms. Uehling stated that strict compliance with the regulation would be an undue hardship due to structural difficulty.  Ms. Dixon seconded the motion. The board approved the motion with the conditions. Mr. Schumacher abstained.

  1. Notice of Intended Action to extend the A17.3 enforcement date to November 1, 2020.

Ms. Uehling stated that in 2015 the board adopted A17.3 with an enforcement date of May 1, 2020. The staff proposed an extension of the enforcement date due to COVID-19.

Mr. Schumacher moved to extend the deadline for enforcement of A17.3 to May 1, 2021.  Mr. Sims seconded the motion and the board approved unanimously.

  1. Subcommittee on new A17.1

A subcommittee of Ms. Kesterson, Mr. Sims, Mr. Carleton, Ms. Uehling, Mr. Borwey, and Mr. Baedke was formed to review A17.1.

VI.        Division of Labor report

Mr. Borwey stated that the Commissioner could not attend due to a conflict.  The Commissioner will give an update at the next board meeting.

VII.        Communications

A petition for waiver related to A17.3 and submitted by InfoBunker was withdrawn.

VII.        Next meeting dates

  • Thursday, May 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at 150 Des Moines Street
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. at 150 Des Moines Street

IX.        Next meeting agenda

  • Next steps for rules review
  • Tabled variance E2019-038 pertaining to Grand Jivante

X.        Public comments 

Mr. Clabaugh requested clarification from Mr. Borwey regarding the A17.3 Advance Notice.  Mr. Clabaugh asked if the items with “ALT” on them are only things that will require an alteration permit. Mr. Borwey affirmed.

XI.        Adjournment

Ms. Vandenberg moved to adjourn the meeting. The board approved. The meeting adjourned at 10:19 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ms. Kerry Dixon, Secretary