Bob Langfield candidate for Fernie council – The Free Press

Local businessman Bob Langfield brings 50 years of construction experience with his bid to serve on Fernie’s city council.

Langfield, owner of home inspection company Homeguage, and who worked for decades in construction management, general contracting and building inspection in Fernie and the East Kootenays, told The Free Press that he thought his experience could help the city.

“The city is burdened with many problems. I don’t have a specific issue or cause that I’m trying to promote, I just feel like maybe I could bring my experience, my life experience, my management, my construction experience to review each problem from an independent perspective and try to make the best logical decision for the benefit of the majority of the people,” he said.

He said there were hurdles to overcome, such as a new fire station and housing in general, that his experience could help, along with knowledge of the ins and outs of the building industry and how it works.

“Over the past few years, I’ve seen boards take major missteps because they didn’t know what to cover in a contract, or what to expect in the event of force majeure, or additional work orders and modifications – that sort of thing. I have a lot of experience with that.”

Langfield has resided in Fernie since 1988 and was instrumental in the development of Island Lake.

“The reason I moved to Fernie in ’88 was because I came here as a founding partner of Island Lake Mountain Tours.

“Myself and two other partners developed the lodge and the cat-skiing business which has become a very sustainable business and a big benefit to the town.”

After building the business, Langfield sold his share in 1995 to focus elsewhere.

He said he has spent the last few decades very busy with work, so he is not involved in any community or service groups, but as he heads into semi-retirement, he said he wanted to give back.

“Now that I am entering the age of semi-retirement, I will continue to work but I now have time to offer the city my experience of living, managing and subcontracting more than 50 year.”

Along with his background, Langfield said he also brought an older perspective to the board that would be invaluable.

“It’s always good to have a good base of experience and age,” he said. “Different demographics think differently, so having a board with varying experience and qualifications, I think that’s a positive.”

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