Bill Bauerle has seen many improvements at the Imperial Airport, including the new terminal and 24-hour fuel pumps, shown here, during his 26 years on the Imperial Airport Authority. (Johnson Publications photo)

Bauerle’s time on airport authority coming to an end after 26 years

    People may not realize it but the Imperial Airport plays a key role in the continued growth of Imperial and Chase County.
    The airport makes the first impression for the community to someone who flew in here for the first time.
    Many are surprised by what they see when they land in Imperial, said Bill Bauerle, a member of the Imperial Airport Authority.
    They are greeted with a 5,020-foot concrete runway, a modern terminal building, new taxiways and apron and a 24-hour fueling station. Not bad for a town the size of Imperial.
    Come January, Bauerle will step down from the board after devoting 26 years looking out for the interests of the airport.
    He can take satisfaction that during those 26 years, he has played a key role in seeking the funding for the long list of improvements so vital to the airport.
    In fact, Bauerle said he’s on a first-name basis with many of the decision-makers in the Kansas City office for the Federal Aviation Administration. That’s true for the Nebraska Dept. of Transportation as well, which now oversees aeronautics in the state.
    In fact, he’s outlasted some of the employees in those agencies.
$4 million in federal funds
    This knowledge has been key for the airport to receive around $4 million in project funding for airport improvements.

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