Elevator Safety Board Signed Meeting Minutes August 19, 2020


Meeting Minutes

August 19, 2020

  1. Call to order

Chairperson Kris Kesterson called the meeting to order at 9:03 a.m.  The meeting was held via Zoom.

  1. Roll call

Members present:       Kris Kesterson, Kerry Dixon, Kathleen Uehling, Amy Infelt, Justin Carleton, Wayne Sims, 

Members absent: Craig Clabaugh, Marvin Schumacher and Peggy VandenBerg

Ms. Caroline Barrett, Assistant Attorney General, participated.

  1. Approval of agenda

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

  1. Approval of minutes from June 24, 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

Petition for variance on behalf of Polk County and concerning fire recall in the criminal courthouse (E2020-010)

Mr. John Tyler, Polk County General Services Interim Director, and Chief Joe Simon and Lt. Randy Tobey of the Polk County Sheriff’s Department spoke to the board regarding this variance request. The Sheriff’s Department does not want emergency recall on these cars as they are used to transport inmates between secure floors.  Instead the Sherriff’s Department wants to control the elevators remotely.

Des Moines Fire Marshall, Jonathan Lund, is concerned they cannot capture the elevator in case of an emergency.  Matt Murphy, KONE elevator, stated that operation was added after the installation, but no alteration application was made.  The board discussed possible solutions including the use of specialized software and recalling the car to a different floor.

After a lengthy discussion by the board, Mr. Sims moved to table this variance until December and requested updates at the next 2 board meetings.  Ms. Uehling seconded the motion and the board approved it unanimously. 

  1. Division of Labor report

Labor Commissioner Rod Roberts gave a brief update.  Most of the staff is still working remotely. The Commissioner stated that he is impressed with the staffs’ ability to keep up on the workload.    

The one silver lining to the lack of office staff at 150 Des Moines street has been the ability to get the parking lot work done without significant impact.  The gravel and forms are now being put in the lot.  There was a delay caused by the remnants of an old building and cistern under the lot. 

It is a quiet time between legislative sessions. Things should begin to pick up in September.  Any proposed legislation might come within a month.

The Governor’s Safety Conference and the State Fair has been cancelled.

The Commissioner expressed his appreciation for the staff keeping up and getting things done.  Mr. Jim Borwey, Elevator Division Manager, added that the field staff have been able to keep up on their inspections.

The Commissioner thanked the board and appreciates the work they are doing.

Mr. Borwey announced Jeri Eveland transferred from contractor registration to elevator.  Since contractor registration also works with the AMANDA system, she has taken to the elevator program very rapidly and is a welcome addition.   

The agency is in the process of hiring two new elevator inspectors.

Mr. Borwey would like to meet with KONE, the sheriff’s department and Des Moines Fire Department in the next three to four weeks regarding the software solution for the tabled variance request.

  1. A17.1 Subcommittee Report

Mr. Sims provided a written update to the board from the A17.1 subcommittee that has met on three occasions. Ms. Uehling will draft a Notice of Intended Action for the board. 

  1. Communications

Mr. Gary Briggs provided to the board a written communication prior to the meeting regarding converting an existing elevator to a material lift. When Ms. Kesterson asked if Mr. Briggs was on the conference call there was no response.  The board discussed this issue. 

  1. Next meeting dates
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
  1. Next meeting agenda
  • MidWest One variance application
  • Methodist Plaza III variance application
  • Update on Polk County Courthouse
  • Notice of Intended Action for A17.1 - if prepared
  1. Public comments 


  1. Adjournment

Mr. Sims moved to adjourn the meeting. The board approved. The meeting adjourned at 10:10 a.m.  

Respectfully submitted,


Ms. Kerry Dixon, Secretary