The Administrative Hearings Bureau was established by the City of Flint in 2017 to help define, prevent, reduce, and eliminate blight. The Administrative Hearings Bureau, often called the city’s “Blight Court,” enforces the City of Flint’s existing blight ordinances. It works in conjunction with Neighborhood Safety Officers who issue tickets on behalf of the city for blight violations. The Blight Court has the ability to quickly and efficiently handle blight cases. The Administrative Hearings Bureau has the ability to levy fines and fees on those who violate the city’s blight ordinances. The Administrative Hearings Bureau also has the authority to work with property owners to reduce fines for those who cooperate and are not repeat offenders.
The Administrative Hearings Bureau has authority under Michigan Compiled Laws 117.4q to settle blight violations and impose sanctions through hearings at a blight court.
Torchio W. Feaster helped to create and serves as the administrative officer of the City of Flint’s Administrative Hearings Bureau. A Flint native, Mr. Feaster graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and a minor in history and from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2007 and passed the Michigan State Bar the same year.
While in law school, Mr. Feaster was a legal extern for the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office and in the Wayne State University Civil Rights Law Clinic in Detroit and later as judicial advisory assistant for the Judge Jennie E. Barkey of the Genesee County Probate Court.
He opened his law practice in downtown Flint in 2008. For more than a decade, his practice has focused on criminal defense, wills and trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, and selected family law including child custody, child support, and paternity.
He is active in multiple local community organizations, including as coach for high school mock trial teams and as a pro bono attorney for the Genesee County Homeless Court.
Attorney T.W. Feaster, Administrative Hearings Officer
Alyssa K. Olivarez, Administrative Hearings Bureau Clerk