In case you haven't seen it, Lee also sent along a photo of the smiling water tower.
Fruitport Township Supervisor Brian Werschem said the cost for painting letters, emblems, etc., on a water tower is done on a square-footage basis.
"The cost difference between putting the lettering 'Fruitport Township' vs. Mr. Smiley was very incidental," Werschem explained. "It has been a landmark staple of this community for decades and it cost us very little more in the scheme of the $125,000 repainting project. It was not bid separately and was not itemized, but we are sure the cost difference was minimal."
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