SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- The city of Springfield has officially decided to take action against a Springfield bar connected to the disappearance of Achim Bailey, the Springfield man whose body was found two months after he was reported missing.

That decision following a hearing called by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno as a result of an exclusive investigation by Western Mass News reporter James Villalobos.

Western Mass News has obtained documents, which outline Sarno's ruling following a hearing before the licensing commission, that calls for action against Samuel's in Springfield in direct connection to the Achim Bailey case.

Sarno has ordered Samuel's late-night entertainment license to be suspended for five days. The first two days will be Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11.

The mayor said the other three suspension days are contingent on the bar having no further issues for the rest of this year.

>> CLICK HERE to read the hearing officer's findings

Conditions have also been placed on their license.

The mayor said "Licensee shall assign an extra security staff person or hire an additional SPD extra detail officer, posted outside the door at closing time to observe and monitor people leaving, looking for signs of impairment and/or intoxication, whether the person is driving or not."

In addition, Samuel's will have to train its staff on the requirements of their security plan and that they will need to file an incident report when patrons complain of inappropriate touching, regardless of whether such incidents occur near closing time and shrugged off as “no big deal” or “non-incidents.”

You may remember in Achim Bailey’s case, the security staff later told investigators that Achim inappropriately women, but no report was filed because the bar staff said it was too close to closing time and he left without any problems.

They will also have to update their security plan to include that a report should be filed whenever a customer is asked to leave for any reason.

As you may remember, the cameras inside of Samuel’s weren’t working the night he went missing, so in the future, the director of licensing, Alesia Days, will need to be notified within 24 to 48 hours in writing if cameras at Samuel's stop working.

>> CLICK HERE to read the mayor's decision.

If the cameras are not working for more than 48 hours, Samuel's will be required to hire additional security.

Lastly, Samuel’s will need to submit a new security plan on or before January 15 and the licensing director must review whether or not Samuel's is in compliance on a quarterly basis.

This decision comes on what’s going to be the one year anniversary of Achim's disapperance on Monday.

Western Mass News will have more on this story ahead at 6 p.m. on ABC40

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