Mayor Bob's Web Site

Whilom (Former) Bosque Farms Village Mayor - Bob Knowlton

I want to thank those voters that supported me in the March 1, 2016 Mayoral Election. Unfortunately I lost.  I have served the Village for 16 years and love this community.  I will not give up on the Village.  To that end, I will keep this web site active and report on issues concerning the Village.  So stay tuned!

Thanks again to those who supported me!

As the Chief Elected Official (CEO) of a community, the Mayor retains the title for life.  Therefore, I plan to keep this BobtheMayor website active.


Just a little note.  When I took office as Mayor in 2012, Mayor Wayne Ake made it a point at a Council meeting to say that he had left the Village in good financial shape when he passed the reigns over to me and that I better keep it in good financial shape.  Well, over the four years that I was Mayor we always balanced the budget, had surpluses at the end of each year, and had clean audits.  Mayor Ake did not have clean audits in his first two terms as Mayor.  Now he is Mayor again and the first draft budget he was working with for the upcoming fiscal year was $92,000 more than projected revenue.  The Council must balance the budget, so they have to cut more out of the budget, although the Village Administrator didn't know how they were going to do that.  Not sure the new Mayor is living up to the expectations he places on others!

On another note, at the August 2016 Council meeting the Council voted to auction off a used generator.  This is a generator that the Council bought quite some years ago for the purpose of using it at Well Site 2 for backup power.  Wayne Ake recommended that the Council purchase the generator.  When I asked if it was large enough to power the pumps at the well site he said he asked an electrician and they assured him it was.  An electrician...really!  Not an engineer?  So the Council took his advice and purchased the used generator.  Then the utility department asked the engineering firm Molzen Corbin what it would take to hook it up.  Turns out we would have had to knock out part of a wall and do so substantial electrical work to hook it up.  The Council didn't have the money to do the work.  Fast forward a few years while I was Mayor, and I recommended to the Council that we take out a loan and replace the pumps at Well Site 2 and get a backup generator working.  The engineering firm that was hired said the used generator was significantly underpowered for the job.  So now the Council is auctioning off the old generator that Wayne Ake had recommended and we never used.  At the Council meeting he was asked why the Village bought an undersized generator.  Wayne said "We got bad advice."  The Royal "We"!  Wayne got bad advice because he asked the wrong professional.  He takes no personal responsibility for the mistake.  I think the Village spent about $5,000 on the generator and I doubt we will get much for it at auction.

You might be wondering why I am criticizing Mayor Ake.  Mayor Ake and I had a really good working relationship for 10 of the 12 years that I served on the Governing Body. In my opinion, Wayne made quite a few bad leadership decisions when he was Mayor from 2004 to 2012.  I never criticized him during that time.  I always had his back.  He decided in 2012 that he didn't want to be Mayor any more and encouraged me to run.  But two years later he changed.  He became critical of my efforts.  In running against me this year, he was essentially conveying that he had no confidence in me.  Now that he is Mayor again, he needs to be accountable for his actions.  I can no longer look the other way or cover for his mistakes and lack of leadership.
Thanks to Brad Melton Photography for the portrait photo

 




Topics - click on a link for more info

 Brief History of Bosque Farms
 Village Government
 Village Meetings/ Events/ Organizations
 News
 Economic Development
 The Next Village Election
 A Mayor's Opinions & Accomplishments
 About Mayor Bob

This website was established by Bob Knowlton, the whilom (former) Mayor of the Village of Bosque Farms, New Mexico. The intent of this site is to provide information about Bosque Farms current events, as well as expressed opinions by the Mayor. As with anything political in nature, some readers will agree and some disagree with the opinions expressed here. Please note that this website is not sanctioned by the Village of Bosque Farms, and is a product solely of Mayor Bob Knowlton.

I love our community and want to provide some measure of support to keep our community safe and maintain our rural lifestyle. Thanks for visiting my web site. If you want to contact me, please do so by emailing me at:

b.knowlton@bosquefarmsnm.gov

or

Bob@BobtheMayor.us

 


Some of you may be interested in a little Bosque Farms history. I am systematically scanning the Bosque Farms Fair Books from over the 72 years that the Fair has been in existence. You can download the Fair books that I have scanned to date through the Meetings link above, or just click here: Bosque Farms Fair
The Village of Bosque Farms maintains an official web site. Click here to access it.