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Coeur d'Alene woman fed up with snowy sidewalks

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Rene Hall walks to work. Rene Hall walks to work.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Rene Hall is used to some pretty hazardous conditions.

"I'm a former extreme rock climber and mountaineer," she says.

But she doesn't think she should face those same extreme conditions going back and forth to work. She says her trek along Kathleen Avenue in Coeur d'Alene is treacherous.

"It normally takes me 25 minutes to get to work and it's been taking me an hour and a half."

She says it's because sidewalks are so snow-covered.

"Kathleen and 95 was so treacherous, I got so upset, that I actually had to stop traffic and go on the road," Hall says.

The sidewalks that Rene would take to work every morning would build up to a foot of snow if they are not properly maintained. She knew she had to make a change and she had the law on her side.

"Code 12.24.010 clearly states that all businesses and residences, whether they own the property, rent the property or lease the property it is their responsibility that within 24 hours of a storm that affects the sidewalk to have those sidewalks cleared by 9 p.m. Last Tuesday I spent my day walking up and down Kathleen, informing all of the businesses that it is their responsibility."

Calls that she thought fell on deaf ears.

"They denied any responsibility and said they didn't have to do anything."

But that day, something positive -- One business seemed to hear Rene's plea, shoveling the sidewalk outside their building.

"I'm glad this business doesn't think I was just harassing them, I was actually representing the law. Thank you for that!"

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