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(a) POWER TO RECALL.
The electors shall have the power to remove from office by a recall election any Council member of the City in the manner provided in this Section.
(b) RECALL PETITION.
As to any Council member who has served at least six months of a Council term, an elector or electors of the City may serve written notice upon the Clerk of Council of their intent to circulate petitions for the recall of the Council member. No petitions for the recall of a Council member may be circulated until the written notice of intent is served upon the Clerk of Council. The petition shall contain a verified statement of not more than one hundred words setting forth the specific grounds upon which the removal of the Council member is sought. The petition may be circulated in separate parts, but the separate parts shall be bound together and filed as one instrument. Each part shall contain the name of the Council member whose removal is sought. The petition shall be signed by at least that number of electors equal to fifteen percent of the electors voting at the last preceding regular municipal election. If the petition is filed demanding the removal of a ward Council member, the petition shall be signed by at least that number of electors equal to fifteen percent of the electors voting in the ward at the last preceding regular municipal election.
(c) FILING OF PETITION.
No later than thirty days after service of the notice of intent on the Clerk of Council, the petition demanding the removal of a Council member shall be filed with the Clerk of Council. Separate petitions shall be filed for each Council member sought to be removed by recall. The Clerk of Council shall note upon each petition the name and address of the person filing the petition and the date of such filing, deliver to such person a receipt for the filing of the petition and attach a copy of the receipt to the petition. Within ten days after the day on which the petition is filed, the Clerk of Council shall determine whether or not it meets the requirements of this Section. If the Clerk of Council finds the petition insufficient, the Clerk shall promptly certify the particulars in which the petition is insufficient, deliver a copy of the certificate to the person who filed the petition and make a record of the delivery. The person who filed the petition shall be allowed a period of ten days after the day on which delivery of the certificate was made in which to make the petition sufficient. If the Clerk of Council finds the petition sufficient, the Clerk shall promptly certify the petition to Council and shall deliver a copy of the certificate to the person whose removal is sought within five days and make a record of the delivery.
(d) RECALL ELECTION.
Unless the Council member whose removal is sought resigns within five days after delivery of the Clerk's certificate, Council shall fix a day for holding a recall election, not less than thirty days nor more than forty-five days after the date of the Clerk's certification of sufficiency to Council, and shall cause notice of the recall election to be published on the same day of each week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the City. At the recall election, this question shall be placed upon the ballot: "Shall (name of Council member whose removal is sought) be allowed to continue as a Council member?", with the provisions on the ballot for voting affirmatively or negatively. If a majority of the vote is negative, the Council member shall be removed, the office shall be vacant, and the vacancy shall be filled as provided in Section 3.09. If the Council member is not removed at such recall election, no further recall petitions shall be filed against the Council member for a period of one year following the recall election. If a recall election is ordered for a ward Council member, only the electors of the ward which the Council member represents shall be entitled to vote upon the issue of recall.