Since it opened Oct. 7, the new Riley County EMS substation has cut down on response times to the northern portion of the county, EMS/Ambulance director David Adams said Monday.

Ambulance response time has dropped by 7.4 minutes per call, Adams said. The station — when looking at calls to the Riley, Leonardville and Randolph area — received 18 calls in October, he said, compared to a countywide call volume of 435.

The new station and its ambulance have also helped improve response times to northern Manhattan, he said. That’s because the agency intentionally located the station at the public works building, north of Manhattan on Tuttle Creek Boulevard, to serve both areas, which also had the added cost-saving of using an existing county property.

The station includes sleeping quarters for two and an ambulance bay.

“It’s doing what we expected it to do,” Adams said.

In other business, the county commission conducted its routine election canvas, where they reviewed 157 provisional ballots. The commission accepted election staff’s recommendation to approve 114 ballots, partially approve five ballots and decline 38 ballots. Election workers made those recommendations based on lack of registration or failure to present proper identification, among other reasons.The commission’s action to accept those recommendations did not change the outcome of any election.

County clerk Rich Vargo said he’d return to the commission later with a final election certification report.

He said the commission will also need to address space concerns for the county’s election operations, particularly storage of its new voting machines.