Elevator Safety Board Signed Meeting Minutes May 30, 2019


Meeting Minutes

May 30, 2019

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, Wayne Sims, Kerry Dixon, Kathleen Uehling, Marvin Schumacher (via phone), Justin Carleton, Craig Clabaugh (arrived late) and Peggy VandenBerg (via phone)

Members absent:  Amy Infelt

Ms. Tessa Register, Assistant Attorney General, 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 April 24, 2019

Mr. Sims moved to approve the April 24, 2019, minutes. Ms. Uehling seconded the motion and the board approved it unanimously.

V.         Item for Action

Variance request from Tip Top Tux regarding the elevator weight limit (E2019-007)

Ms. Thoma-Hay, VP of operations for Tip Top Tux, spoke to the board regarding the variance request. (Mr. Clabaugh arrived during the presentation.) She stated the state originally rated the elevator at 4000 pounds, but the elevator is not able to lift that during testing.  She stated that elevator was approved to lift 2700 pounds in 1998 and has been running that way since. When the motor was cleaned it was able to lift 3500 pounds.

The cost of the alterations, including A17.3 updates to be required May 1, 2020, is estimated at $150,000 to $175,000. One estimate for a new elevator was $400,000. The owner has scheduled another estimate.

Mr. Sims moved to approve a temporary variance allowing the elevator to run “as is” until May 1, 2020.

Ms. Dixon seconded the motion and added a friendly amendment to require that the elevator be weight tested at 2700 pounds within 60 days.

Mr. Sims seconded.  The rest of the board unanimously agreed.  

VI.        Division of Labor Report

Labor Commissioner, Rod Roberts, updated personnel changes for the division:

  • Executive Officer 2 position was posted and interviews have been conducted
  • The Deputy Commissioner position has been eliminated
  • Public Service Manager 2 position just closed
  • OSHA Administrator position just closed
  • Second Public Service Manager 2 position will be opening

The Commissioner relayed that the budget is status quo.

Mr. Borwey spoke about the recently closed position of Elevator Inspector. There are six or seven candidates for the position. This position is for the eastern side of the state.

VII.       Communications

E2019-010 was withdrawn.

VIII.      Next meeting dates

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. 150 Des Moines Street
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 9 a.m. 150 Des Moines Street

IX.        Next meeting agenda

X.         Public comments 


XI.        Adjournment

Ms. Dixon moved to adjourn the meeting. The board approved.  The meeting adjourned at 9:39 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,




Ms. Kerry Dixon, Secretary

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