Two turtle crossing signs installed
Recently, Missouri City Staff placed two turtle crossing signs at the intersection of Watts Plantation and Diamond Springs Road. Missouri City resident Dolores Tarlton and her daughter, Sugar Land resident Theresa Tarlton, had requested the turtle crossing signs after rescuing several turtles from traffic along that stretch of Watts Plantation.
“After moving to Missouri City from Houston a couple of years ago, we were dismayed to see the number of turtles hit by oncoming traffic on Watts Plantation Road as they attempted to cross the road,” Dolores said. “However, we were wonderfully surprised and encouraged by the city’s prompt and enthusiastic response to our suggestion that a turtle crossing caution sign be installed to alert motorists to what is very likely one of the turtles’ age-old crossing spots.”
After submitting to the City a letter that expressed her concern for the turtles in her mother’s neighborhood, Theresa began working with Missouri City Assistant Public Works Director Sharon Valiante to get turtle crossing signs placed somewhere near the Estates of Silver Ridge subdivision.
“Sometimes it’s not the big bang that makes a difference. This small gesture, a couple of signs in a strategic location to bring awareness of the turtles’ habitat, is just one of the ways that we show our communities that we are here to listen and help address concerns if we can,” Sharon said. “We see this kind of service as an opportunity for us to let our communities know that we care about what they care about and for us to get to know them better.”
The Tarltons have been grateful to the City for not only placing the sign but for taking the time to meet with the family several times to make sure everything they needed was addressed. Initially unsure how staff would respond to their request, Dolores and Theresa were surprised by the newfound partnership and relationship they have built with the City.
“With the installation of this sign, the City is to be highly commended for helping the community to become aware of our role as stewards of the environment and of the abundant wildlife that must depend on us for responsible protection as rapid development of Fort Bend County, and its unintended consequences, alters the landscape significantly for us all,” Theresa said. “It has truly been wonderful working with the City.”
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