By CHRISTIAN MARNON
Incumbent Ward 1 Alderman Amy Wurth, Spring Hill’s only qualified candidate running unopposed in the upcoming municipal election, said she’s committed to continuing her role as a “voice of reason” on the Board of Mayor and Alderman.
“I’m honored to be able to serve again for the next four years,” she said. “I will continue to focus on the big picture to include the expansion of Spring Hill. This takes consideration of the impacts to not only the citizens, but also to our police, fire, budget, water and sewer. We just have to stay diligent and make sure we have the full picture in mind, and that’s something I’m committed to doing.”
Wurth, born in Lafayette, Indiana, graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and management. As a young college graduate, she worked for the late Richard Daley, the 43rd Mayor of Chicago. She became acquainted with municipal financing and the workings of the city’s alderman charter in that position.
Wurth moved to Spring Hill in 2003 where she now lives with her two sons and husband Tom, a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter.
Spring Hill Home Page spoke with Wurth about her vision for Spring Hill moving forward.
The population of Spring Hill continues to rapidly increase. Going forward, what is needed to properly balance infrastructure needs with development and population growth?
“I think having multiple plans in place, [including] a comprehensive plan, a major thoroughfare plan, a budget plan and capital improvement projects. Our comprehensive plan states what area is ideal for the growth we would like to see in a [respective] area on top of our roadway plan and on top of what our budget plan is. Then you can look at the infrastructure needs—needs in regards to police and fire. Then we can look at the overall plans on the roadway. It takes [varied] planning not only to be able to keep up with existing growth, but incoming growth for the years ahead.”
Beyond traffic and development what will you do to improve the quality of life in Spring Hill?
“When I think of quality of life, I think of the amenities a municipal government would provide. This includes greenways and walking trails [that allow residents] to walk all over the city on trails. There are two parks we are also in desperate need of on top of the new park at Port Royal. [Additionally], I think we’re still in need of additional baseball and soccer fields for our growing youth population.”
Spring Hill often gets designated as a “bedroom community,” a place where residents may live and sleep, but who ultimately commute to other cities where they also purchase commodities. What do you think is needed for Spring Hill to transcend that designation?
“It’s a two-pronged approach. People leave Spring Hill to go to work in Nashville and on the weekends they go elsewhere for recreation. The first approach on jobs is to continue to market Spring Hill [to attract corporations] that will call Spring Hill home. I think the interchange will help tremendously with that, and I also think keeping our tax base low not only for our citizens, but for future corporations to come is ideal. The second [strategy for retaining] people who leave on weekends pertains to the amenities—what does Spring Hill have to offer? I think that’s what we have continued to look at. We have a Parks Master Plan and in that are the greenways and additional amenities we want to provide Spring Hill. We’re going to continue to move forward on that and as we do, we’ll see more people coming to Spring Hill instead of Franklin or Nashville.”
Tell me about your professional background and how it translates to your public service as an Alderman.
“I have a background in transportation. I started in airplane [logistics], and now I’m involved in reverse logistics where we move groceries for the major retailers.”
Wurth said she continues to apply the knowledge she learned in Chicago to her current position as an alderman.
“I had a mentor in the City of Chicago. Her name was Mary Rose Loney and she really taught me a lot about governing. She was the Commissioner of Aviation appointed by Mayor Dailey and she really taught me to always stand on my principles and to always follow the rules and policies in place. She was instrumental in my development and where I am today. I think of her a lot when I make decisions and I think I’ve mimicked some of that over the years. She was an outstanding leader.”