TOPPING the 2017 wish list (okay, the first one does not fall within the powers of Umvoti Municipality):• Rain, rain and still more rain to fill Lake Merthley so that water restrictions become a memory of the past. The Lake this week is 33.32% full.• An explanation from Umvoti and Umzinyathi Municipalities as to the millions and millions of rand wasted on the farcical pipe dream - the Craigieburn pipeline of broken promises. Last year at a public meeting, Umzinyathi Municipal Manager and Umvoti Mayor stated that the pipeline would be in operation September 2016, or maybe December 2016 and that the three contractors who had been dismissed would be replaced so that work could con-tinue.Has any investigation been undertaken by the powers that be as to why this project went so wrong and who is accountable for the millions spent• The age old complaint of the lack of transparency on the part of the Umvoti Municipality - some councillors do try to hold report back meetings but generally residents are kept in the dark about projects, activities, developments, and so on. • Ratepayers should be interested to note the concluding paragraph in the Umvoti budget and performance report presented at Tuesday's statutory council meeting this week which states: “Now, therefore it is recommended that all poorly performing expenditure categories such as travel and accommodation, public participation, fuel and oil given the recent purchases of 12 new vehicles, repairs and maintenance to vehicles and any other expenditure category which have registered an unusual increase, will be subject to a budget adjustment process that will either increase or decrease the expenditure.”An explanation of increased travel and accommodation is "attributed mostly to accommodation associated with the councillor and MSCOA based training that required for out-of-town travel by all councillors and senior management."In this regard Greytown Gazette readers might recall a report on 20 April headline: "We do like to be beside the seaside" reporting that 45 councillors and municipal employees had spent three days at the Hampshire Hotel in Ballito to take part in the Umvoti Strategic Planning Workshop. Apparently, if held in Greytown, councillors "pop in and out of such meetings".