The City Council has ended a longstanding practice of allowing LDS Church leagues to use city softball diamonds for free while requiring fees from other church teams.

The change in the unwritten policy followed a complaint from the Clearfield Community Church.The practice needed changing, all those officially involved agree, but two former heads of the city's recreation department differ over what prompted the practice and kept it going.

Barbara Young, who joined the department in 1981 and was its superintendent for three years until she left in 1989, said the policy was initiated by City Council members with ties to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

But Roger Thomas, director from 1979 to 1986, said the council implemented the practice only to give local residents a break.

The new written policy allows any non-profit organization to use the fields on Thursdays for church league competition free of charge, except for a refundable $100 deposit.

The Rev. Larry Dobson, pastor of the Community Church, confirmed the complaint was made and said he believes the new policy brings about fairness and equality.