Elevator Safety Board Signed Meeting Minutes January 18, 2019


Meeting Minutes

January 18, 2019

I.        Call to order

Chairperson Kris Kesterson called the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m. in the conference room at 150 Des Moines Street, Des Moines, Iowa.

II.        Roll call

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

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

III.        Approval of agenda

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

IV.        Approval of minutes from January 15, 2019

Ms. Dixon moved to approve the January 15, 2019 minutes. Mr. Sims seconded the motion and the board approved it unanimously.

V.         Item for Action

Tabled temporary variance application from Principal Financial Group regarding escalator step replacement (E2019-001).

Ryan Carpenter and Bill Johnson participated on behalf of Principal; Elise Bennett and Aubrey Reidy participated on behalf of Otis; and, Valerie Hageman and David DeBo participated on behalf of JLL, Principal’s property management company.  Jim Borwey reported that Jim Baedke inspected the escalator and found 32 steps badly in need of replacement.  David DeBo reported a decision has been made to remove the escalators and replace them with stairs.  However, it could be 6 to 7 months before the escalator is actually removed.  Otis can deliver the steps in about 1 week and have them installed within 30 days.  The absence of comb impact on the escalator exacerbates the hazard created by the steps.  Although not located in prominent locations, elevators and stairs also currently serve the impacted floors.

Ms. Dixon moved to deny the variance application due to safety concerns.  Ms. VandenBerg seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously with the exception of Mr. Clabaugh who abstained.

VI.  Communications


VII.       Next meeting dates

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. 150 Des Moines Street
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. 150 Des Moines Street

VIII.      Next meeting agenda        

February 20, 2019

  • Variance 111 City Lofts (E2019-004)
  • Variance PDM Company (E2019-005)
  • Variance St. Luke’s Medical Center (E2019-006)
  • Rulemaking A17.3

IX.        Public comments 

No public comments.

X.         Adjournment

Mr. Sims moved to adjourn the meeting.  Ms. Dixon seconded the motion. The meeting adjourned at 3:28 p.m. 

Respectfully submitted,


Ms. Kerry Dixon, Secretary

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