Residents who want to speak at Madison Township trustee meetings will have to follow the rules.

Residents have at times shouted questions from the audience during trustee meetings.

According to the regulations, which trustee Chairman John Kershner said have been on the books, anyone who wants to address the board must fill out a speaker form and indicate the topic if they are discussing something that's not on the agenda.

Speakers will be limited to a five-minute presentation.

"It's always been our policy, but we've never acted on it," Kershner said. "Now, we have a timer up front and are using it. We want to treat everybody equally and be more structured."

Under Ohio law, the township is not required to allow public comment.

Kershner said trustees want to welcome public feedback, but they also want more orderly meetings.