|(a) Conference before preliminary hearing. (1) At the judge's discretion, a conference before hearing may be held at a time and place stated in the notice. If notice of the conference is not given in the notice of public hearing, notice of the conference shall be mailed at least ten days prior to the conference or the conference may be held at the public hearing date, time, and place stated in the notice of public hearing. If notice of public hearing is required to be published, notice of a conference to be held prior to the initial public hearing date shall be published at least ten days prior to the conference. (2) Any issue appropriately considered at a preliminary hearing may be considered at a conference. (b) Record of conference action. As determined by the judge, action taken at the conference shall be reduced to writing and made a part of the record or a statement thereof shall be made on the record
at the close of the conference or at the hearing. After a prehearing conference, the judge may make appropriate rulings concerning matters discussed at the conference.